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The purpose of the Crystal City/Potomac Yard
Corridor Transit Improvements Project is to provide high-capacity and
transit services in the five-mile corridor between the Pentagon and Pentagon
City in Arlington County and the Braddock Road Metrorail Station in the
City of Alexandria.
The project is jointly sponsored by Arlington County and the City of
Alexandria in cooperation with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
Authority (WMATA) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
The project came about in response to rapid development
and redevelopment occurring in the corridor. New commercial
and residential buildings are going up in Crystal
City and Pentagon City with further growth planned for
the immediate and long-term future. Build-out of Potomac
Yard over the next 10 years will result in a substantial
increase in new retail, office, hotel, and residential
space. The new
transit system will add transportation capacity along the
corridor and provide better connections to Metrorail and
other activity centers in the area.
The transit improvements are being phased
in to accommodate new growth being planned in each jurisdiction; the
rate of implementation varies with each jurisdiction's
During 2006, the project team, in consultation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), conducted an environmental review of the planned transit improvements to meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other federal and state requirements. In 2007 FTA determined that the proposed improvements for the initial phase of the project in Crystal City and Potomac Yard in Arlington meet the criteria and standards for a Documented Categorical Exclusion.
During 2009 and 2010, the project team updated the Documented Categorical Exclusion for Transitway Sections D and E. The update, approved by FTA in December 2010, reflects changes in the transitway alignment in Crystal City. As the project progresses, additional approvals will be sought to implement subsequent phases.
In 2010, the City of Alexandria became a subrecipient, through Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), of a TIGER grant by the USDOT to build a transitway in the median of US Route 1 between East Glebe Road and the Monroe Avenue Bridge. This length of US Route 1 corresponds to Section B of the CCPY corridor. The City of Alexandria determined that Section B is the only portion of the transitway in the city that will require federal funding necessitating the completion of NEPA process. In December 2010, the project team submitted the preliminary DCE to the FTA.
Left: A conceptual vision
of the intersection of S. Hayes St. and S. 12th St. in Pentagon
City, a proposed terminus of the new transit system.
Center: Maps of the project location and alignment. Right: Attractive
shelters with enhanced amenities, such as this one in Kansas
City, are a feature of many new bus systems around the U.S. Click on icons for
January 11, 2012—
The Crystal City Potomac Yard Transit Operations Plan is now complete. Click here to download and read the report.
For more information about this transit project, please see the other
pages of the website. The overview page
explains the environmental study process and how the service improvements
will be phased in over the coming years,
the maps page shows the project
location and alignment, and the publications page
has project documents from the environmental review and previous studies