The City of Alexandria will hold a public meeting to discuss the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transitway along Route 1 at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cora Kelly Recreation Center.
The BRT will consist of exclusive bus transit lanes in the median of Route 1 between Potomac Avenue and E. Glebe Road. The transitway is being done in partnership with Arlington County, with the line eventually ending at Pentagon City.
The northbound lanes of Route 1 are currently being expanded. To create the BRT, the existing northbound lanes will be repurposed.
Within the Alexandria segment, the transitway will have seven stops—three on the northbound side and four on the southbound side.
The MetroBus 9S route will utilize the transitway, as will a new 9X route. Headways will be 12 minutes during peak hours, 15 minutes on off-peak hours and 20 minutes on weekends.
Construction of the BRT is anticipated for this summer. Service would open in late 2013.
The Alexandria Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about the BRT on May 1.
According to project officials, the BRT could potentially be converted to streetcar as early as 2018.