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West End Buses Get New Look and Improved Service

The new AT-1 Plus includes improved service frequency and longer hours of operation

Alexandria, VA – DASH riders in Alexandria’s West End will begin seeing specially-branded AT-1 Plus buses on the route this week.

The new look is part of a series of improvements to the existing DASH AT-1 route, which runs between Van Dorn Metro and Seminary Plaza via Landmark Mall, Lincolnia, Mark Center and Southern Towers.

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Improved Services

The new AT-1 Plus includes improved service frequency, longer hours of operation, specially branded buses and additional real-time bus arrival displays.

The improvements are the next step in the City of Alexandria’s long-term plan to introduce bus rapid transit (BRT) service from the West End to the Pentagon along the West End Transitway.

The new AT-1 Plus service includes 10-minute peak headways and extended hours during evenings and weekends along the existing AT-1 route, one of DASH’s most popular routes.

Funding Comes from $5 Million in Grants

Funding for the additional service and new passenger amenities is provided through the Commuter Choice program on the I-395/95 corridor, which is administered by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Through this partnership, a portion of the toll revenues from the 395 Express Lanes are reinvested locally by funding transit service and other multimodal projects along two expressway corridors, I-66 and I-395/95.

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DASH was awarded two Commuter Choice grants that will cover over $5 million in capital and operating expenses for FY 2020-2021.

Aside from the AT-1 Plus improvements noted above, DASH was also able to secure program funding for major service improvements on the AT-9 in northern Alexandria, including 20-minute peak headways and new Sunday service.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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