Alexandria Transit Company Board Selects new DASH CEO/General Manager Josh Baker

Alexandria Transit Company Board Selects new DASH CEO/General Manager

The Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Josh Baker as the new CEO/General Manager of ATC and the DASH Bus System. Baker will take over the helm of the award winning DASH system on February 6, replacing long time CEO Sandy Modell, who will be retiring after leading the system for the past 28 years.   (more…)

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The Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) has announced that they are only a week away from reaching their milestone of carrying 5 million King Street Trolley riders in Alexandria, Virginia since the service started in 2008!

As part of celebrating this milestone, DASH, along with the City of Alexandria and Visit Alexandria, will be on the lookout for the 5 millionth rider who will be boarding one of the trolleys on Wednesday, September 9, sometime between the hours of 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM.  Alexandria’s Mayor Bill Euille and DASH Board Chairman Paul Abramson will be among the City, DASH, and Visit Alexandria officials who will be waiting at the Market Square to congratulate the lucky customer.  The 5 millionth rider will also be bestowed with a number of exciting gifts.

DASH is urging all trolley riders to take advantage of this exciting time and hop on board to experience the fun of the free King Street Trolley and take your chances at being the lucky winner! “It could be you,” exclaimed DASH’s General Manager Sandy Modell.  “So, come aboard the King Street Trolley on September 9 and join in the celebration of the success of the King Street Trolley and this
milestone.”

DASH began operating Alexandria’s first clean diesel hybrid electric King Street Trolley in April 2012. Trolley riders immediately noticed the new design features, including bike racks, low floor design (no front steps), wheelchair ramp instead of the older hydraulic lifts, plus a smoother ride, and a more spacious and accessible interior. The hybrid trolleys consume less fuel, emit fewer pollutants, and provide a quieter more relaxing ride.

The King Street Trolley transports approximately 2,500 riders a day between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront daily every 10 minutes, Sunday – Wednesday from 10:00 AM ‐ 10:15 PM and Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM.

Riders can access trolley schedules and information at this link. For information on DASH routes and schedules, visit this link.

Stay Connected with DASH and the King Street Trolley!

(Photo by Elvert Barnes, on Flickr)

DASH bus

The Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on Alexandria Transit Company Board of Directors. All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form and return it to the Board Secretary at Alexandria Transit Company Administration by Friday, May 23, 2014. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

The Board will take into consideration the applicant’s work background, years of residency in the City of Alexandria, past and present involvement in community service, civic groups, and other boards and commissions, the extent to which they use or have used transit services, their interest in transit and transportation issues, their transportation and/or finance expertise, and the area of the City that they reside with respect to the present Board members.

The ATC Board of Directors consists of nine members; elected annually by the Stockholders. Your appointment is for a period of one year. There are currently no term limits. Members of the Board of Directors serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred for any meetings attended outside of the City of Alexandria. Members are entitled to an annual DASH Pass.

The Board of Directors meets regularly on first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Meeting duration is usually one to two hours, with evening meetings, such as a budget work session; a work session with City Council; or a public hearing on routes, schedules, or fares, approximately three to four times a year.

Persons interested in serving on the Board can download the Personal Data Record Form at this link (PDF) or by contacting: Alexis Quinn, ATC Secretary at 703-746-5637.

Getting input and insight from our customers helps DASH provide the highest quality of service to the community.

DASH  is in the process of collecting and analyzing ridership data on all of its routes and obtaining feedback from both riders and non-riders about DASH service. The study is called the DASH Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA), and it will help them to develop and update both short and long range service and route plans. Along with onboard and telephone surveys, the Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) is conducting an online survey to gain additional customer and community feedback. Even if you do not currently use DASH or if you already completed the on-board survey, your opinions are extremely valuable. DASH encourages you to complete the online survey, which should take about 10 minutes. Your responses will remain confidential. They appreciate your feedback.

Click this link to complete the online survey.

Some of these changes affect Carlyle so pay attention below.

The Board of Directors of the Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) will hold a public hearing in the Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, Alexandria, Virginia, on March 28, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.

The following proposed fare and service changes have been identified in response to a potential fiscal year 2014 City budget shortfall that could affect DASH local transit subsidies. The Alexandria City Council adoption of the fiscal year 2014 budget on May 6, could impact the level of fare and service changes anticipated to take effect July 2013:

  • A 10¢ increase in the base fare to $1.60. A $5.00 increase in the cost of the monthly DASH Pass to $40.
  • King Street Trolley – Service frequency will be reduced from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes year round.
  • AT1 – Peak period extension between Van Dorn and Eisenhower Metrorail Stations will be discontinued. Saturday extension between Eisenhower Avenue and King Street Metrorail Stations, via Carlyle, will be discontinued.
  • AT2 – Saturday service frequency will be reduced from every 45 minutes to every 60 minutes.

The ATC Board of Directors is proposing the following service improvements based on funding identified in the City Manager’s proposed fiscal year 2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):

  • AT8 – Weekday peak period service frequency increased to every 10 minutes between Landmark Mall and the King Street Metrorail Station. Weekday midday service frequencies expanded to provide 30 minute frequencies along the entire route.
  • AT9 – New weekday crosstown route connecting Mark Center, Southern Towers, NVCC, Bradlee Shopping Center, Parkfairfax, Shirlington Transit Center, Arlandria, Glebe Road, and Potomac Yard.
  • AT10 – Weekday service to end approximately an hour later and Saturday service to start approximately an hour earlier and end an hour later.

Copies of the 2014 Transit Development Program (TDP) and service proposals are available for public inspection during business hours at the ATC office, 3000 Business Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia, on the DASH website at www.dashbus.com, or by contacting Marlene Jones, ATC Secretary, 703-746-5637.

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