Monday, March 24, 2014

New Metrobus Service for the 10's Starts Sunday

Starting this Sunday, March 30th, Metrobus service will be restructured on the Hunting Point-Pentagon Line (Routes 10A,10B &10E) as well as some other nearby routes, such as the McLean-Crystal City Line (Routes 23A & 23C) to provide more direct service, enhance connections and provide additional service on the most heavily used portions of the lines.
The changes come following a set of public meetings and an online survey set up last year to gain public input for improvements to service on a variety of bus routes, and most important to Arlandria: the 10A, B & E MetroBus lines.

Begun last May, Metro was looking to identify the strategic needs and review the capacity, productivity, reliability, and quality of the Route 10A, 10B & 10E lines with and eye toward proposing recommendations and changes that will improve service. The factors that Metro is interested to improve included: reliability, frequency, crowding, travel time, bus stop amenities, and customer communications.

What these changes mean for you:
Route 10A will become non-rush only with rush hour service carried by new extended route:  
During the a.m. peak period northbound (from Hunting Point) and the p.m. peak period southbound (to Hunting Point), Route 10R will replace 10A service. Route 10R will provide a direct connection between Crystal City and Rosslyn bypassing the Pentagon. Existing 10A passengers traveling to the Pentagon may take a Route 10E bus or transfer to Metrorail at Braddock Road Station.

These changes do not impact off-peak, weekend, a.m. peak period southbound (from the Pentagon) or
p.m. peak period northbound (to the Pentagon) 10A service.

NEW Routes 10R and 10S will join 10E service during rush hours: 
Service will operate weekday peak periods between Rosslyn, Crystal City and Alexandria. Routes 10R and 10S will bypass the Pentagon, saving passengers approximately 10 minutes of travel time between Crystal City and Rosslyn. Route 10A and 10E buses will continue to serve Pentagon Station.

Route 10R will operate northbound from Hunting Point to Rosslyn via Crystal City during the morning peak period and southbound from Rosslyn to Hunting Point via Crystal City during the afternoon peak period. 
Route 10S will operate southbound from Rosslyn to Braddock Road Station during the morning peak period and northbound from Braddock Road Station to Rosslyn during the afternoon peak period. 
Route 10E service will operate between Braddock Road and Pentagon stations only. Passengers traveling between Crystal City and Rosslyn may board a Route 10R bus or transfer to Metrorail at the
Pentagon. The weekday peak period schedule will be adjusted to provide a 15 minute time between buses.

Route 9E Riders will be replaced by new 10S route: 
Route 10S service will replace all 9E service. Route 10S buses will not serve Pentagon Station. Route 9E riders traveling to the Pentagon may transfer to a Route 9A bus on Eads Street, or transfer to a Route 10E bus or Metrorail at Braddock Road Station.

For new schedules and for more information about Metrobus service evaluation and corridor studies, visit

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Parking Clarification Slated for March Traffic & Parking Board Hearing.

On the agenda for the March 24th hearing of Alexandria's Traffic & Parking Board is the consideration of a request to install a “No Parking Here to Corner” sign along the east side of Elbert Avenue 45 feet before the intersection with Four Mile Road.

City Staff is recommending the installation of the parking restriction which comes at the request of the Alexandria Police based on complaints from residents who have recently been confronted with a blind intersection with the recent rise of cars parked at the location due to a lack of clarity.

From the staff report:
The Alexandria Police Department has received complaints of a safety concern along Elbert Avenue at the Four Mile Road and Elbert Avenue intersection. Currently vehicles are allowed to park in parallel parking spaces on the west side of Elbert Avenue. Vehicles can park on the east side of Elbert Avenue perpendicular to the road in a parking lot. Please see figure 4b. The parking lot ends approximately 45 feet from the intersection of Elbert Avenue and Four Mile Road where there is a stop sign for vehicles traveling northbound on Elbert Avenue. There is currently no parking restriction on this stretch of Elbert Avenue from the end of the parking lot to the intersection. 
Elbert Avenue is 28 feet wide, and should a car be parked on both the east and west side, it can be extremely difficult for both to pass. Parking is currently allowed on both sides along the rest of Elbert Avenue, but vehicles will use open parking spaces or areas in front of driveways to make room for a vehicle traveling in the other direction to pass. This maneuver is not possible when vehicles are parked on both sides of Elbert Avenue near the intersection, as there is no room for a vehicle turning onto Elbert Avenue while another vehicle is waiting at the stop sign. A situation like this causes a safety concern for vehicles and pedestrians at this intersection.