Officials are proposing a bus rapid transit system along Route 7, connecting Tysons Corner and Alexandria. Planners estimate the BRT system could attract about 10,000 daily riders as it passes through 11 miles of Tysons, Falls Church, Seven Corners, Bailey’s Crossroads, Mark Center, and Alexandria.
Falls Church City Councilman Dave Snyder said, “We’re trying to be realistic. In the areas where the highway has the capacity, we will do [dedicated lanes]. But in areas like the city of Falls Church and parts of Alexandria, it is just simply not feasible because those roads are already two lanes in each direction.”
Also, the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway officially opened recently, upgrading Metroway bus service to bona fide bus rapid transit in Arlington. Arlington’s Transitway section includes a new all-day dedicated transit lane in Potomac Yard, a peak period transit lane in Crystal City, and seven new transit stations.
Metroway runs between Pentagon City and Braddock Road Metro stations. For much of its route between Crystal City and Potomac Yard, it runs in dedicated bus lanes, making it the Washington region’s first real foray into BRT. The Alexandria portion of the transitway opened in 2014. Arlington’s portion through Crystal City opened April 17.
Montgomery County must not let Virginia get the jump on Rapid Transit. Just like BRT can help solve Virginia’s transportation problems, rapid transit can have a significant impact on traffic and life in the Pike District.