FY2022 Transit Development Plan & New DASH Network

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Beginning this fall, DASH will be implementing the first phase of the Alexandria Transit Vision Plan, now known as the New DASH Network, which includes major route and service changes that will affect all DASH passengers. As part of the FY2022 – FY2027 Transit Development Plan (TDP) and Budget processes, DASH is seeking public feedback on the proposed service changes. 

Feedback can be provided via email to dashbus@alexandriava.gov or by clicking the button below.

Provide Feedback

 

What is the New DASH Network?

The New DASH Network is the first phase of the Alexandria Transit Vision (ATV) Plan, and represents a reduced, cost-neutral version of the Final 2022 ATV Plan that was adopted by the ATC Board of Directors in December 2019. The full recommendations and service increases that were included in the Final 2022 ATV Plan will be proposed incrementally in FY 2022 and FY 2023, as outlined in the FY 2022 – FY 2027 Alexandria Transit Company TDP.

Key information about the FY2022 New DASH Network:

The New DASH Network represents a complete redesign of Alexandria’s bus network that is intended to meet current and future transit ridership demand, and to encourage more people to use transit for more trips at more times of day. 
 

Which New Line Should You Use?

To see which of these new lines will be most useful based on your existing DASH route, please use the following route comparison table.

 

  • Neighborhood-Specific Information. For information on how the proposed service changes will affect transit riders in different parts of the City select a neighborhood from the list below. 
     
  • Metrobus Changes. As part of their FY 2022 service proposals, WMATA is proposing major changes to three existing Metrobus routes (7A/F, 25B, 28A) that will complement the New DASH Network changes. Information on Metrobus proposed changes that will affect DASH riders can be found on the WMATA website.
     
  • Frequent Network. The FY2022 New DASH Network includes a new frequent network which introduces frequent, all-day bus service on major transit corridors across the City of Alexandria.  Buses on these routes will be running every 15 minutes or less, all-day, seven days per week. Frequent, all-day service means buses arrive every 15 minutes or better from 6AM - 7PM on weekdays, and from 7AM - 6PM on weekends. Some lines will run with frequent service much earlier or later, but these periods represent the minimum for 15 minute service. Areas served by the “Frequent Network” include the West End, Landmark, Parkfairfax, Arlandria, Potomac Yard, and Potomac Yard.
  • Transit Access. The proposed network changes will provide access to frequent, all-day transit to nearly 60,000 additional city residents.
     
    • The percentage of low-income residents who are within walking distance to frequent, all-day transit will increase from 29% to 73%.
       
    • The percentage of minority residents who are within walking distance to frequent, all-day transit will increase from 22% to 70%. 
       
    • The percentage of senior residents with access to frequent, all-day transit will increase from 23% to 62%.
       
    • The New DASH Network also improves access to jobs; the percentage of jobs in Alexandria that are within walking distance of frequent, all-day transit will increase from 40% to 66%.
       
  • Service Coverage. Despite the major route and service changes, the New DASH Network maintains bus service in most areas such that 99.5% of existing bus boardings will still be within 1/8 mile of a bus stop in the New DASH Network in FY 2022.
     
  • King Street Trolley. The King Street Trolley will continue to operate in the FY 2022 New DASH Network; however, King Street Trolley service will not resume service until fall 2021 due to COVID-19, reduced tourism and city budget considerations.
     
  • I-95/395 Commuter Choice Grants. DASH has applied for FY 2022 funding for two major service enhancement projects that will improve service on Line 35 and Line 36 through NVTC’s I-95/395 Commuter Choice program.  Project awards will not be announced until late Spring; however, early signs indicate that DASH has a strong chance to receive the funding for both projects.  Based on this assumption, the service enhancements for both projects are included in the New DASH Network proposals.

How Can I Provide Feedback?

Public feedback on the FY 2022 Transit Development Plan can be provided via social media, telephone, email or “in-person” during the public hearing portion of the Alexandria Transit Company Board of Directors meeting conducted via Zoom/Facebook.

To watch the meeting live on Facebook, visit DASH's Facebook page (DASHBus). Individuals who wish to provide feedback during the meeting must join via Zoom and complete this short form in advance of the meeting.

To register for the meeting on Zoom, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y8fi7vCmRNez_vNMTIvOuA

  • Virtual Public Hearing at ATC Board of Directors Meeting
    • Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30 PM

 

Feedback may also be provided via social media, e-mail, telephone or online form. 

 

Feedback can also be provided via email to dashbus@alexandriava.gov or by clicking the button below.

Provide Feedback

 

Documentation of all public feedback will be provided to the Board of Directors in the April board meeting packet, and as part of the Final TDP document that is presented to the Board in May.

 

Proposed New DASH Network

New DASH Network

 

Proposed New DASH Network (Old Town)

Old Town Map

To view the existing DASH network, click HERE.