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Reader Scott writes in (after the jump…) about the other major bus service improvements that have hit the ground in Alexandria, Virginia besides the new Metroway. You can read our posts on the DASH bus service improvements at this link.
“Folks have been paying a good bit of attention to Metro’s new branded partial (for now) bus rapid transit service, dubbed “Metroway”, and that will certainly be an improvement for people living (and soon to be living) in the Route 1 corridor. But it’s not the only recent bus service improvement; quite a few changes have taken place in the DASH and Metrobus Alexandria routes.
First, Metroway, if you haven’t read about it, provides frequent service on the Route 1 corridor from Braddock Metro to Crystal City Metro, with limited stops and, in Alexandria, dedicated lanes to allow the buses to bypass traffic tie-ups. Next year, the Arlington portion will be complete and the system will become true bus rapid transit, with passengers paying before they board the buses, boarding on all doors, and next-bus information at the stations. If all of that reminds you of Metrorail, well, it’s supposed to.
Second, for west-end folks, the DASH AT1 Saturday service has been improved to every 30 minutes (it had been hourly service) along the busiest part of the route, between Landmark Mall and Seminary Plaza. While we’re on the west end, the third improvement is timetable modifications to the DASH AT8 Saturday service to better coordinate with the Metrobus route 29N along Duke Street, so for passengers at the stops served by both buses, service will be provided every 20 minutes in both directions.
The fourth improvement is also along Duke Street – Metrobus is now, for the first time, operating route 29N on Sundays. It had previously been a six-day-a-week service. The 29N operates between King Street Metro and Vienna Metro, running on Duke Street within Alexandria (and serving only limited stops).
Fifth, DASH has begun operating a brand new crosstown route, the AT9. Weekdays, the AT9 operates every half hour between Mark Center and Potomac Yard via NVCC-Alexandria, Bradlee Center and Shirlington. Saturdays, the route operates once an hour between Bradlee Center and Potomac Yard. Significantly, this is the first DASH service to serve the Shirlington Transit Center, an important transfer point that will allow Alexandrians to transfer to several Metrobus and Arlington routes to reach points beyond where DASH itself can get them.
We’re almost done! Finally, the operating hours of the King Street Trolley have been extended. The trolley now starts earlier than it had, seven days a week – the first trolley leaves in each direction at 10:00 a.m. Weekdays (Sunday to Wednesday) the last trolley leaves in each direction at 10:15 p.m., as before, but the weekend service (Thursday to Saturday) now runs much later, with the last trolley leaving in each direction at midnight, allowing residents and visitors to experience more of Old Town’s nightlife.
DASH details are available in the free Ride Guide on DASH buses, at Metro Stations and the Alexandria Transit Store (on Diagonal Road across from King Street Station) and on line at www.dashbus.com. Metrobus information is available on Metrobuses , the Transit Store and on line at www.wmata.com.”