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About the West End Transitway

The City of Alexandria is proposing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along the Van Dorn/Beauregard corridor (West End Transitway) that will provide robust high-capacity transit operations between the Van Dorn Metrorail station, Shirlington Transit Center, Beauregard residential area and the Pentagon using a combination of dedicated and shared lanes. See draft proposed build alternative here .  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as lead agency and the City of Alexandria as project sponsor are preparing a combined Alternatives Analysis and Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) for the West End Transitway.

This plan – a combined Alternatives Analysis and Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) for the West End Transitway – will provide a detailed level of analysis and engineering (an Alternatives Analysis), and include an environmental analysis and interagency review (an Environmental Assessment) which is required for the project to be eligible to receive federal funding. The future transitway will provide residents of the City an alternative mode of travel that is fast, efficient, comfortable and reliable. Agencies and the public will be invited to participate in the AA/EA for the West End Transitway to help the City of Alexandria identify transit ridership needs, tradeoffs, measures of success and hurdles to overcome.


Event: West End Transitway Public Meeting (calendar link)          West End Transitway October 2014 Public Meeting Flyer
Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Pavilion at Mark Center, 5708 Merton Court, Alexandria, VA 22311 (map this)
Details: The City of Alexandria is conducting an Alternative Analysis / Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) for the West End Transitway Corridor, a planned premium transit service that would connect: the Van Dorn Metrorail station, the Van Dorn Street corridor, Landmark Mall, the Beauregard St corridor, Mark Center, Shirlington Transit Center, and the Pentagon Metrorail station. This Public Meeting will provide an update on the project and an opportunity to comment on the proposed transit investment.   
Anyone may attend.

Event: West End Transitway Policy Advisory Group (PAG) Meeting (calendar link
Date & Time:
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
City Hall, 301 King St. (map this) The Chet and Sabra Avery Conference Room (room 2000) is on the north side of City Hall, near the elevators.   
The City of Alexandria is conducting an Alternative Analysis / Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) for the West End Transitway Corridor. This is the third meeting of the Policy Advisory Group established by City Council.
Audience: Anyone may attend.


Over the 18 months, the AA and EA will be conducted using input gathered from public meetings, focus groups and subject matter experts to inform transit improvement decisions for the West End Transitway.   




West End Transitway Policy Advisory Group

On March 11, 2014, City Council passed a  resolution to establish a Van Dorn/Beauregard Transitway Policy Advisory Group to provide input on key deliverables and make project recommendations related to the Van Dorn/Beauregard Transitway Alternatives Analysis / Environmental Assessment (AA/EA).  The group may have differing opinions and not necessarily develop a consensus position, broker a compromise or take formal votes.

The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) shall review and provide guidance on:

  1. Definition of the project purpose and need;
  2. Refinement of Alternatives;
  3. Evaluation measures and priorities;
  4. Evaluation results and determination of the LPA; and
  5. Results of the environmental analysis.

West End Policy Advisory Group Members

  • Sam Stiebel, Developer Representative
  • Christine Hoeffner, Transit Professional
  • Albert Himes, Transit Professional
  • Tom Merce, Community Representative
  • Christa Cochran, Community Representative
  • Richard Gear, Community Representative
  • Dak Hardwick, Budget & Fiscal Affairs
  • Jake Jakubek, Transportation Commission
  • David Brown, Planning Commission


West End Transitway Meeting Materials:

September 18, 2014 - Second Meeting of PAG

May 22, 2014 – First West End Transitway Public Meeting  

July 30, 2014 – First Meeting of PAG 


For additional information, please contact Allan Fye, Principal Planner, at 703.746.4151 or via email at


301 King St., Room 4100
Alexandria, Va 22314
Fax: 703.519.3356

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.