DASH Bus in Alexandria, Virginia

DASH Bus Service Alert

On Tuesday, March 14, DASH Bus has resumed regular weekday service starting at 12:00 p.m./noon on all DASH routes in Alexandria, Virginia.

For DASH Bus service routes, visit this link.

(Photo via DASH Bus on Twitter)


Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration of track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

This week, Metro released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Here’s what’s coming in Alexandria in 2017.   (more…)


Alexandria, Virginia is one of the best mid-sized U.S. cities for public transit, according to the latest ranking by Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage. With a Transit Score of 55.4 out of 100, Cambridge is considered to have “good transit,” based on its Transit Score rating, meaning that there are many nearby public transportation options. Alexandria nearly cracked the top five (5) in the study.

Walk Score, a Redfin company, created the Transit Score to rate locations and cities by the usefulness of their public transportation options. Cambridge, MA and Jersey City, NJ, which took first and second place with a score of 70 or above, were the only cities to fall into the “excellent” category. The remaining eight cities all have scores within the 50 to 69 point range, which Walk Score designates as areas that have “good transit with many nearby public transportation options.

With the exception of Buffalo, NY, all of the cities highlighted in the report are connected to the public transportation system(s) of major cities nearby.

Typically it’s America’s largest cities that are known for having the best access to public transit, but Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson points out that often times commuter cities have great transportation too and they tend to be more affordable. Living in these areas can provide residents with most of the amenities they’d get living in a major city.

“It’s not uncommon for folks to commute to nearby major cities via public transit, which tend to be areas with the most economic opportunity. Having ample public transportation that can get you to where you need to go in your own city, as well as other larger cities nearby, is important for sustainable urban growth across America,” said Richardson.


The Transit Score algorithm calculates a score by summing the relative usefulness of public transit (bus, subway, light rail, ferry, etc.) routes near a given location. Usefulness is defined as the distance to the nearest stop on the route, the frequency of the route, and type of route (with twice as much weight given to heavy/light rail than to bus service). Transit Score is based on data published in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format by transit agencies across the country. For a more details on the Transit Score methodology, click here.

Below is the ranking of the top 10 mid-sized U.S. cities (with populations between 100,000 and 300,000) for public transit:

Rank City State Transit Score
1 Cambridge MA 72.3
2 Jersey City NJ 70
3 Newark NJ 64.9
4 Arlington VA 58
5 Berkeley CA 56.3
6 East Los Angeles CA 55.6
7 Alexandria VA 55.4
8 Yonkers NY 53.4
9 Buffalo NY 50.4
10 Inglewood CA 50.2

For the full ranking and insights from local Redfin real estate agents, visit this link.

DASH Bus and the King Street Trolley Labor Day Schedule

DASH Bus will operate a SUNDAY schedule in observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 5th.

The King Street Trolley operates daily, every 10-15 minutes, between the King Street Metro to the waterfront on the following schedule.

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

(Flickr Pool photo via Elvert Barnes, on Flickr)

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Metro customers now have 15-minute grace period to exit at same station

Responding to customer feedback, Metro on Thursday implemented a grace period at all rail stations, allowing customers who enter through the fare gates to change their mind within 15 minutes and exit the system at the same station without penalty. The initiative was included in Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld’s Customer Accountability Report (CARe) and went into effect Thursday following technical upgrades to the fare system and weeks of testing.

“This is all about refocusing on our customers,” said GM/CEO Wiedefeld. “If I’m in line at the coffee shop and I decide I want to leave, I don’t expect to be charged.”  (more…)


Metro releases preliminary findings of investigation into Saturday smoke incident outside Friendship Heights

The investigation into the cause of a Saturday evening smoke incident outside Friendship Heights Station is ongoing. While Metro has not yet identified the root cause of the incident, investigators have eliminated power cables as a contributing factor.

As a preliminary matter, the investigation is focusing on a foreign object, specifically a metal part of a railcar, becoming dislodged and making contact with the electrified third rail. The foreign contact is believed to have caused a loud noise, flash and smoke.

Investigators have conducted inspections of all power infrastructure in the tunnel, as well as all cars of the incident train, to reach this preliminary conclusion.


Lots of Red, Red Bikes

Transportation Planning Board Analysis Shows More People Bike, Use Public Transit, Telecommute in D.C. Region

A greater percentage of people are biking and using public transit to get to work, and a smaller percentage of commuters are driving, both alone and in carpools, according to a new analysis by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

Local government and transportation officials were briefed recently on the latest travel trends in the metropolitan Washington region at the TPB’s monthly meeting.

From 2000 to 2014, the share of people driving alone dropped from 67.7 percent to 65.1 percent and carpooling dropped from 13.4 percent to 9.6 percent. Meanwhile, public transit use increased from 11 percent to 15.4 percent and biking increased from .3 percent to .9 percent.


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