Ride the ART Bus for FREE

In celebration of Try Transit Week, Sept. 16 – 20, Arlington Transit is planning some fun activities to encourage people to ride the ART bus as well as thank current riders for using the service. Throughout the week, the ART Prize Patrol will be riding various ART routes handing out giveaway items and thanking riders for using ART. Be on the lookout for the Prize Patrol when you board your ART bus!

On Thursday, Sept. 19, everyone will get to ride ART for free! This will be a great opportunity for new riders to try ART and see where the service can take them. Learn more and plan your trip at ArlingtonTransit.com.

Transportation UPDATE: How to Navigate Temporary Protected Walkways at Airport

Beginning on or about Thursday, September 12, pedestrians will use a protected corridor between Terminal B and the Metro station. Around the same time, the pedestrian walkway between Terminal C and the Metro station will close for construction nightly from 11:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Passengers will follow detour signage to the Terminal B walkway.
Minimal impacts are expected.

Transportation UPDATE: Blue/Yellow Line Stations Reopening on Schedule

Metro today announced that the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport—Braddock Rd, King St-Old Town, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn St and Franconia-Springfield—will reopen as scheduled Monday, September 9, with completely rebuilt platforms and several customer improvements.

On Monday, regular rail service will resume on the Blue and Yellow lines when the system opens at 5 a.m. Residents may notice “test trains” operating in the shutdown area this weekend as Metro makes final preparations for the reopening.

With the resumption of rail service, Metro will no longer run shuttle buses from the stations; however, some shuttles will remain on standby in the event of a disruption. In addition, regular parking fees will resume Monday.

“All stations are reopening on time, and we look forward to welcoming our Northern Virginia customers back to the rails on Monday,” said General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We are incredibly thankful to our customers, residents and nearby businesses for their understanding this summer as we reconstructed six station platforms – at the same time – in the largest and most complex capital project since Metro’s original construction. When the project is complete this fall, customers will benefit not only from safer infrastructure, but a more modern and convenient station experience.”

September Newsletter is Out!

A few things you’ll find highlighted in this month’s CCCA Newsletter:

1.  CCCA Meeting September 12:  Don’t forget to come have a conversation with Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey and Vice Chair (and Crystal City liaison) Libby Garvey.  We’ve asked them to give their vision for Crystal City’s future and also react to the Livability Framework that the three sister civic associations in 22202 have been working on, including some “asks” on community benefits  Check out the Livability Framework and come with your questions for this very informal meeting.  We’ll meet as usual in 1805 Crystal Drive, the Crystal Park Condominium community room.  

2.  County Survey on Crystal Houses Park:  The County is asking all of Arlington County for input on development of a community park on the border of Crystal City and Aurora Highlands by September 6. The proposed park is to be located on the Southwest corner of S. Fern and 20th Streets.  It is disappointing that the County has issued  this survey to the far regions of Arlington County when it is really a community park for our area.  We need to be sure that they hear from our area, since we will be most affected. There are questions to raise. Does a community garden really fit the nature of our multifamily area? What about children?  What will happen on S. Eads Street on the East?

3.  CCCA Elections in November:  We have not yet scheduled the date for our Annual Meeting in November though the topic is likely to be an update on development with a focus on livability and community “asks” for benefits. We will also have our annual elections for three offices (terms are two years):  President, Membership Liaison, Secretary.  The Election Committee will be reaching out shortly for volunteers to run for office, so stay tuned.  

4.  October and November Newsletters:  Your Editor is going to be out of the country for an extended period of time.  Depending on Wifi availability, the Newsletters may be sparse, late, or non-existent.  Here’s hoping.

Transportation Update

Construction of Protective Barrier Wall at North End of Airport Terminal C Starting Soon

On or about Monday, August 19, construction of a protective barrier wall will begin at the north end of Terminal C. Passenger flow will be maintained through the area.

Starbucks will operate with modified hours, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., until the wall is fully constructed.

23rd Citizen’s Police Academy

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is now accepting application to the 23rd Citizen’s Police Academy.

The CPA is a 12 week educational program designed to create better understanding and communication between police and the citizens they serve. The intent of the CPA is to make residents aware of how the Arlington County Police Department operates and its role in the community.

Residents can learn more about the program and complete the application on the ACPD website.

What can you make, bake, or create in the next six days?

The Arlington County Fair is the premier community-wide event that effectively provides a range of educational and entertaining activities for people of all ages.

The Arlington County Fair Competitive Exhibits is an integral part of the Fair which provides an opportunity for community members to share their talents.

Register your entries on Wednesday and Thursday. All Fair-goers are also invited to the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 17, at 7:00pm.

See the Competitive Exhibits Guide for more information: http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/entertainment/exhibits/

August Newsletter is Out!

A few things you’ll find highlighted in this month’s CCCA Newsletter:

1.  National Night Out:  Don’t forget to join us August 6 from 6-9 pm for a great Crystal City community event. For all the information, check out our event page.

2.  Next CCCA Meeting September 12:  Mark your calendars now for our Annual Meeting with Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey and Vice Chair Libby Garvey.  We will have a conversation on “Livability in Crystal City” based on the new Livability Framework recently developed by the three civic associations in 22202.

3.  Development Plans and Planning Timelines:  Check the information on what’s happening about Met Park and what site plans and construction might be coming up in the near future.