Arlington bolsters bus service as big companies move in

The project will extend the Transitway just over a mile to Pentagon City. Service currently extends from the Braddock Road subway station in Alexandria, Virginia to 15th Street in Crystal City.

Ground is broken Monday on a Transitway extension in Arlington. (WTOP/Luke Lucert)

As big companies like Amazon and Boeing move to Arlington, Va., the county kicks off a project to bolster public transportation.

The project will extend the Transitway just over a mile to Pentagon City. The service currently runs from the Braddock Road subway station in Alexandria, Virginia to 15th Street in Crystal City.

“This is a really attractive transportation alternative for people traveling through the (U.S.) Route 1 corridor to destinations like Crystal City, now Pentagon City, or places like Potomac Yard,” said Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol told WTOP.

The extension will install dedicated bus lanes on 12th Street between South Hayes Street and Army Navy Drive. Bus lanes will also be added on Crystal Drive and Clark Street. Mixed traffic lanes will run on South Hayes to the future WMATA Pentagon City Bus Bay project.

“Expanding the Transitway to Pentagon City will only make things better with additional dedicated lanes providing frequent and reliable service,” said Joe Leader, WMATA’s Chief Operating Officer.

With Amazon’s second headquarters coming in 2026 and Boeing’s recent announcement bringing its headquarters to the county, Cristol said public transportation is a must.

“As this region becomes an internationally recognized economic development destination, it is even clearer that our business sector can only thrive if it can attract talented workers from across the region,” Cristol said at the award ceremony. ‘inauguration.

“And our neighborhoods can only thrive if those same workers have convenient, quality ways to get here without adding to air quality, degraded emissions, and traffic congestion.”

Five new subway stations will also be added between the Pentagon and Crystal City.

“It’s more like a rail system. It’s just not on the rails, instead running in mixed traffic,” Cristol said.

The project has an approved budget of $27.7 million and is funded primarily by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and public funds.

The project is expected to end in 2024.

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