Project Journey Construction

Beginning on or about Monday, January 6, the outer lanes of the Terminal B/C Arrivals (lower) level roadway used for private vehicle and ride app pickup will close from Midnight to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday for construction.

All passengers arriving at Gates 10-45 and being picked up by a private vehicle or Lyft/Uber/Via must be picked up on the Ticketing/Check-In level (Level 3). The taxi pickup location will remain unchanged, outside Baggage Claim (Level 1).

Terminal B/C serves passengers of the following airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United. On Saturday and Sunday, private vehicle and ride app pick-up will be available on the Baggage Claim level. Closing the roadway will provide space for construction crews to lift steel beams overhead for two New Security Checkpoint buildings. The roadway closure will be in effect Monday through Friday mornings for several months.

New Bus Route Dulles to Union Station

The new year will bring new service from Virginia Breeze, the state government’s two-year-old intercity bus service.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has announced plans for a pair of new routes for the coming year, including twice daily service between Danville and Washington’s Union Station, a 250-mile route that will travel along U.S. Route 29 and Interstate 66, including potential stops in Lynchburg and Charlottesville and at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Learn more at virginiabreeze.org

Alexandria Bans Electronic Scooters from All City Sidewalks

At the City Council’s public hearing on Saturday, Dec. 14, the council voted to approve a second phase of the pilot program with a few notable changes from the current program.

The biggest change is the removal of scooters from sidewalks. Under the current system, scooters were only prohibited from two sidewalks near the waterfront, where bicycles are also banned from sidewalks. The original plan for the second phase of the pilot program was to have scooters banned from Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray and a large portion of Old Town, but concerns were raised by some on the City Council about enforcement and education of the public on where exactly scooters could or could not be ridden.

Instead, at the Saturday meeting, the City Council…

Metro Envisions New Rosslyn Station, Silver Line Down Columbia Pike

Metro has released the results of a pivotal study of options for increasing capacity of the Metrorail system, and the preliminary conceptual designs suggest big transit changes might eventually be coming to Arlington.

Among the ideas floated by the transit agency are a second Rosslyn Metro station, a new tunnel under the Potomac, and an new stretch of the Silver Line to either run down Columbia Pike or through North Arlington.

Metro says its “Blue/Orange/Silver Capacity & Reliability Study” is necessary because…

Metro releases concepts to improve service on Blue, Orange, Silver lines

Metro released several preliminary concepts to improve reliability, meet future ridership demand, and better serve customers on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. The concepts, part of the two-year Blue/Orange/Silver Capacity and Reliability Study, include a range of infrastructure improvements and service alternatives to address both short- and long-term needs.

Beginning next week, Metro is holding a series of open houses – with the first one in Arlington – to provide information about the draft concepts, answer questions and gather community feedback. The public is also invited to provide input and suggest additional ideas for improvements through an online survey.

Input from the public and stakeholders will help Metro evaluate the concepts and recommend a comprehensive strategy with a “locally-preferred alternative” to move forward with federal environmental review, design and funding in late 2020.

Online survey

The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the preliminary concepts and suggest other ideas through an online survey. The survey, available in English and Spanish, will be open through Jan. 6.

Visit Metro’s project page

Potomac Yard Metro Finishes Permitting, Moves Into Construction Phase

On Friday, Nov. 15, the Army Corps of Engineers issued the final permit required for construction on the Metro station to start in the wetlands, staff said at a Nov. 19 meeting. The announcement was followed by a small round of applause from the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG), a group that’s been meeting since 2011 to consider issues related to opening a Metro station in Potomac Yard.

After the announcement, staff laid out a new timeline for construction work to begin over the next few months, after a series of delays. On Monday, Dec. 2, work will start on placing fill at the site. The following Monday, Dec. 9, pile driving is scheduled to start. Staff said this will take approximately…

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.”

First ‘Richmond Highway’ Signs Now Up Along Route 1 in Crystal City

County crews replaced the first “Jefferson Davis Highway” sign this morning as officials work to complete Route 1’s renaming to “Richmond Highway” in Arlington.

Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey and Del. Mark Levine stomped on the sign honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, folding it up as crews placed the first new “Richmond” signs in Crystal City this morning at the 23rd Street S. intersection…