Columbia Pike and Crystal City-Pentagon City corridors
The County’s new Transit Development Plan, approved in July 2016, provides a road map for Arlington Transit and Metrobus service improvements through 2026. A major feature of the plan is creation of a Premium Transit Network connecting Columbia Pike, Pentagon City and Crystal City.
The premium network will offer bus service that is fast, frequent, reliable and easy to use, with features including simplified routes, increased weekday and weekend service, and a new one-seat bus ride from Skyline to Pentagon City-Crystal City.
About the Project
In November 2014, the Arlington County Board voted to discontinue the Streetcar Program for Columbia Pike and Crystal City-Pentagon City and instructed the County Manager to develop transit alternatives for these vital corridors.
County continues to invest in transportation and infrastructure
The County is investing more than $200 million in transportation infrastructure for these corridors during the next six years.
In Crystal City-Pentagon City several projects are underway or recently completed:
- Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway creates dedicated transit lanes for faster, more reliable bus service (opened April 2016).
- Crystal City Multimodal Center expands bus stop capacity and improves traffic circulation around the Crystal City Metrorail Station (completed May 2017).
- Crystal City Complete Streets Program will transform several streets (including Crystal Drive, Clark-Bell Street, 12th Street, 18th Street, and 23rd Street) with bicycle lanes, improved pedestrian facilities, on-street parking and updated street lights.
- Pentagon City Station Second Elevator will improve access to the Pentagon City Metrorail Station by adding an elevator entrance on the west side of South Hayes Street.
Major projects will help to renew Columbia Pike:
- Multimodal street improvements will make the Pike a safer, more accessible route for all users. In addition, extensive work will occur below the roadway to replace aging water and sewer pipes and to bury existing overhead utilities underground.
- New transit stations will make transit along the Pike easier, safer, more attractive and accessible – encouraging more people to use it.
Community’s vision continues to guide development
Streetcar was a tool to help meet the community’s goals in these corridors. The goals - creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods with a better mix of office, retail and residential development; preserving affordable housing and creating great public spaces served by robust transportation options - remain intact.
Although the Streetcar Program has been cancelled, the Crystal City Sector Plan, the Neighborhoods Plan for Columbia Pike and the Columbia Pike Form Based Code continue to guide the County’s intense efforts to redevelop these key corridors.
The County also will continue to implement its affordable housing goals in Columbia Pike and Crystal City:
- Preserve all 6,200 affordable housing units along Columbia Pike
- Add between 550 and 1,200 affordable housing units in Crystal City
County Manager's updates to County Board on streetcar shutdown and post-streetcar planning: