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Alexandria Considering DASH Bus Cuts

And who isn't these days? We've already talked about Metrobus, Ride On in Montgomery County and Fairfax Connector.

This is what DASH may do in July.

* Eliminate weekday midday, Saturday and Sunday service on the AT3-4 between the Braddock Road Metro station and City Hall and Hunting Towers.
* Eliminate weekday midday and Saturday service on the AT4
* Eliminate service to the Lee Center. No service on South Royal, Gibbon and Franklin streets, or on South Payne, Jefferson and South Fayette except during the weekday peak period on the AT7.
* Service between Slaters Lane and Braddock Road Metro station would be provided by an extension of the AT2 during off-peak periods.
* Eliminate weekday midday, Saturday and Sunday service on the AT2 between the King Street and Braddock Road Metro stations.
* Service between Bashford Lane and Braddock Road Station would be provided by an extension of the AT2 during off-peak periods.

As with the other bus services, DASH said it targeted the least-heavily used buses and routes that have some alternative service available.

And as with the other transit services, DASH's cutbacks are based on declining government revenue in the bad economy.

The public hearing is scheduled for April 26 at 5:30 p.m., in the Sister Cities Conference Room 1101 in City Hall.

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By Robert Thomson  |  April 1, 2009; 11:07 AM ET
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I can't imagine the City Council actually going through with these cuts. The Council is pro-transit and has shown it knows better in the past. Councilman Wilson even use to sit on the DASH Board. These people know thier transportation. The last thing our City (I live in the Rosemont neighborhood) should be doing is cutting transit service - DASH or Metro. Transportation options like DASH aren't a nicety but necessary for Alexandria's continued economic prosperity and quality of life. My guess is the public hearing will be full of smart people who will ask the City Council to just say no to this short-sighted idea.

Posted by: crhamilton | April 1, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Cuts between King St. and Braddock, servicing the all-important Old Town area would be utterly foolish. This corridor is not only important for businesses, but is equally important for the most visited tourist areas ... those along the waterfront.

Posted by: clator | April 2, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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