Waterfront Parking & Circulation
The Waterfront Small
Area Plan outlines a vision for a more active and vibrant Waterfront. The City
will only support a future vision for the Waterfront that has adequate
transportation and parking systems to support it. It has therefore been
imperative in planning for the City’s Waterfront that any increase in private
or public activity not overwhelm the existing multi-modal transportation and parking
systems by increasing vehicular or pedestrian congestion or parking impacts for
residents, businesses or visitors beyond which this area can support. Since
adoption of the Plan the City has undertaken a number of initiatives that are
based on Plan recommendations to facilitate circulation.
Lower King Street Multi-modal Feasibility Study:
This study is a multi-modal analysis of the feasibility of converting the 100
block of King Street (King Street between Union Street and Lee Street) to a
pedestrian plaza accessible to the public to enjoy as a meeting and gathering
place, and for dining, shopping, and a range of programmed activities. This
study began in winter 2013-2014 with the anticipated completion date in fall 2014. The results of this study will determine whether to proceed with
the economic analysis and design phases.
Street Corridor Study: A
recommendation in the Plan was to assess, through a Study, conditions along
Union Street and to make recommendations that support and promote a safe,
lively and compelling Waterfront where pedestrians, bicyclists and all users
can feel safe and comfortable, minimizing intermodal conflicts. The Union
Street Corridor Study has since been completed and the recommendations approved
by the Planning Commission and Transportation Commission in November 2012 and
City Council on December 15, 2012. Additionally, the Waterfront Commission approved
the recommendations in a letter dated October
15, 2012. Implementation of
short- and mid-term recommendations began in FY13, with implementation of
bicycle sharrows on Union Street near Queen Street, and installation of a
bicycle corral in the unit block of King Street. Implementation is continued in FY14 through the development of a proposal
to convert the unit block of King Street into a temporary pedestrian plaza, in
anticipation of a permanent pedestrian plaza under the Plan, except for
trolley, motorcoaches and emergency and maintenance vehicle use. However, FY 15 installation of that project has been deferred pending more discussion in the next budget
cycle about potential resources for
maintenance and operations. One of
the short-term recommendations under the Union Street Corridor Study - a No
Left Hand Turn Restrictions Pilot Program - installed in FY13 in April 2013 was
discontinued in June 2013 due to data collection and field observations showing
a high incidence of violations, despite educational and enforcement measures to
make motorists more aware of the restrictions. (Recommendation 4.3, p. 108 of
Town Area Parking Study Work Group: The Old Town Area Parking Study Work Group is a City Manager
appointed stakeholder group, which was established to discuss key findings and
recommendations from the 2010 Old Town Area Parking Study and to advise staff. The Work Group was
originally convened in summer 2010 and then it was reconvened in summer 2012. The
final report that summarized the Work Group's efforts and final recommendations
is available here. Many of the recommendations which are being
implemented are also recommendations in the Plan (Recommendations 4.32 - 4.37,
- The multi-space meter rates are $1.75 per hour. Metered street spaces in Old Town require payment Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and are free on Sundays and state holidays.
- New public parking directional signs are now installed in Old Town under the City’s Wayfinding Program. Additionally, parking signs have been installed on public garages as well.
- The City Parking garages have been upgraded to accept credit cards.
- The City has introduced a new application that allows eligible City residents to obtain and print guest permits under the City's permit parking programs, including the Residential Parking Permit Program.
- In December 2013, the City will offer Pay by Phone was made available to customers enabling them to pay for metered parking spaces by phone or with a smartphone app.
Bikeshare in Alexandria: Alexandria joined the
regional Capital Bikeshare network in September 2012, with eight bikeshare
stations in Old Town. Of the eight locations in Old Town, one is at the
Waterfront at Prince and Union Streets. For
more information about the bikeshare program, please call 703.746.4686 or
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Recommendation 4.12, page 112)
& Wayfinding (Phase II) - Phase II of the City’s Wayfinding
Program is currently underway; it is
focused on the installation of pedestrian Wayfinding signage on King Street,
Union Street and the Waterfront. Twenty-four pedestrian mini-kiosks on lamp posts will be installed along
King Street and 3 mini-kiosks on Union Street. Three large kiosks
will be installed on the Waterfront, Market Square, and the King Street Metro
Station. Gamble Design has been contracted as consultant for the graphic design
of the kiosk signs. Content development is complete and graphic design is expected to be completed in summer 2014.
Fabrication and implementation of the signs are anticipated for fall/winter 2014. There will also be 5 Wayfinding directional pointer signs under Phase II along the Waterfront Core Area. Phase I of the City’s Wayfinding Program
included parking related Wayfinding signs in Old Town. (Recommendations 4.1 on p. 108; 4.7 on p. 110; and 4.12 on p.