The Alexandria Transit Vision Plan development began in spring 2018, and was adopted by the DASH board in December 2019. The plan outlines a new network of routes within the City of Alexandria that will provide more frequent, all-day bus service to areas where more people will be able to use it. The new bus network will significantly increase access to frequent transit for low-income, minority and senior residents, while establishing important bus connections to the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station and other key development areas. Implementation of the plan is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021, with 2030 targeted for full implementation.
Low Income Fare Pass Assessment
In 2020, the Metropolitan Washington Regional Council of Governments (MWCOG) awarded the City of Alexandria a Transportation-Land Use Connections grant to study different transit fare pass options that would benefit low-income individuals in the city. This assessment, conducted in partnership with MWCOG and DASH and in collaboration with WMATA, included a review of low-income fare and fare-free programs in other cities, recommendations on how a low-income fare pass program could be administered in Alexandria; and a ridership and cost analysis of different types of potential low-income and fare-free programs. This study helped to inform Council's decision for DASH to go fare free when the DASH New Network is introduced in September 2021.
Technical Memo 1: Existing conditions, literature review, case studies, insights from staff, key findings and scenario recommendations
Technical Memo 2: Ridership and cost analysis
The Transportation Planning Division manages and supports a number of important capital transit projects that will improve transit facilities and service to Alexandria residents, visitors and workers. For specific project information, please visit the Transit Capital Projects webpage.
Through the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), the WMATA Board, the VRE Operations Board, and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, City elected officials and staff seek to ensure that Alexandria interests are represented in regional transit funding and policy discussions.
The City of Alexandria is served by three major transit providers:
- DASH: DASH provides local bus service within Alexandria
- WMATA: WMATA provides bus service across City boundaries
- VRE: VRE provides commuter rail service from the Virginia suburbs to Alexandria Union Station, Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza, and Washington D.C.’s Union Station.
The Mark Center Transit Center, created in 2011 to serve new federal employees from the BRAC realignment, features 6 bus stops serving 19 different bus routes, including local DASH to WMATA to commuter buses and private shuttles. More than 1,100 passengers use this facility on a normal (pre-COVID) weekday.
Information on how to get to and through the City of Alexandria, including walking, biking, bus, rail, air, ridesharing, and more.