February 27th, 2010 Categories: Alexandria
The City of Alexandria has been awarded almost $9 million in grants for major transit services. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the grants will improve transit services along Rt. 1 and the Beauregard-Van Dorn Corridor.
The first grant, for $8. 5 million, is for construction of an exclusive transitway in the median of Rt. 1 between Monroe Avenue and East Glebe Road. We are particularly interested in this one because it is almost out our back door.
We endured the construction of the new Monroe Street bridge (and subsequent changes to Rt. 1) for almost two years and are still undecided about this new venture. There are no details yet on exactly what this transitway will look like but we know it will be an on-going topic of discussion for the Del Ray Citizens Association.
A second grant for $670,000 will fund planning of new facilities to assist priority transit service in the Beauregard-Van Dorn Corridor.
Facilities could include super stops (enhanced bus stops with real time bus information, solar lighting, and other amenities) and queue-jumping lanes (dedicated lanes that buses can use to advance from a traffic signal before the rest of traffic, moving more quickly through the roadways).
More than 1,400 applications requesting nearly $60 billion in projects were submitted from across the country. The nearly $9 million in grants to the City of Alexandria represented 30 percent of the $30.4 million awarded to projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia.