With the City Council and Mayor Euille in attendance, the Alexandria Department of Transportation hosted a Potomac Yard development update and bus tour this morning from 8 am to 10 am. After the briefing at the Pulte Homes Sales Office, the turnout of about 100 people loaded up on three Metro buses.
Here are the highlights:
Route 1 Transitway
Transitway will run from Pentago to Braddock Road Metro.
Is the first of its kind in the region.
Buses will run every 12 minutes between Braddock Road and Pentagon City on weekdays.
Buses will run every 20 minutes on weekends. Service start date targeted for Spring 2014.
Off-board fare collection (proof of payment).
Alternative A ($195 million)
Located at end of Potomac Greens. The station would be at-grade along the existing Blue/ Yellow WMATA tracks. Closer to current development but not as close to the highest density planned for Landbay F (Target and northward).
Alternative B ($250 million) – Located north of Potomac Greens in-between the GWMP and the CSXT railroad tracks. The station would be at- grade along the relocated (approximately 2000 feet) Blue/Yellow line WMATA tracks.
Alternative D ($462 million) – Located west of the CSXT railroad tracks near the existing Potomac Yard Shopping Center. The station would be elevated with a ground floor entrance mezzanine along relocated (approximately 6000 feet) Blue/ Yellow WMATA tracks.
Potomac Yard Park - Phase I completed, opening late fall. The Mayor noted it will be open to all.
Some are starting to use it now, a plea was made to wait until officially open.
The Giant grocery store parcel will see ground breaking soon.
Parcel F will see the teardown of the bog box stores from Target to Shoppers Food Warehouse. When this will happen is an open question, as well as which stores will stay and adjust to the new urban form. The Target store is one of the busiest on the East Coast.