October 9, 2018
Walking around the King Street station in the late afternoon, one can’t help but notice the hustle and bustle of people going in different directions. Some are hurrying off the train and running to catch their connecting bus. Others are on the platform, waiting in anticipation for the train to take them into DC. All of this congestion and activity is why the King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project has been a long time coming.
While construction on the project only began about a month and a half ago, this project has actually been almost twelve years in the making, ever since the first development study for was funded in 2006. The Project is expected to be completed in Summer of 2020. The main improvements that the project will be making. Include; providing faster access to buses through the loop, and constructing a new loop on Diagonal Road, which will result in immediate access to car share, taxi queue, shuttle, and kiss and ride services. They will also be constructing a new transit store next to the entrance of the metro station, and putting in new tree bosque to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.
The long construction, however, will have a significant impact on daily commutes for seventeen long months. The following DASH and WMATA routes will be relocated; AT2/2X, AT5, AT6, AT7, AT8, AT10, 28A, 29K, 29N, REX, NH2, and KST. The bus bays for these routes will relocated to Diagonal Road, Daingerfield Road, Cameron Street and King Street, from the end of 2018, until Winter 2020, when the new loop will open. The new Kiss & Ride, car share, and other services will be available in the Summer of 2020, when the project will be completed.
Source(s): “King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project.” Government of Alexandria, VA, Government of City of Alexandria, 10 Sept. 2018, www.alexandriava.gov/tes/info/default.aspx?id=85338#SiteDesign.