Alexandria, Arlington work together on Route 1
The Alexandria City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to join Arlington County in environmental planning and preliminary engineering for the proposed streetcar along Route 1.
Council members Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes were the dissenting votes.
The streetcar line is proposed for the length of the Crystal City to Potomac Yard corridor, which has been planned to hold 12.7 million square feet of development in Alexandria and 59.4 million square feet in Arlington in the coming years. To handle that capacity, both jurisdictions have been working on bus rapid transit systems for Route 1, but they would like to convert that bus line into a streetcar as the years progress.
The city hopes that by partnering with Arlington, not only will both jurisdictions share in the price of the studies, but that they will be able to more easily secure federal funding as a multi-jurisdictional transit plan. City officials estimate Alexandria's share of the preliminary engineering and environmental assessment to be no more than $1 million.
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