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.
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.
Did You Know? The proposed ATV network would nearly quadruple the number of minority residents in Alexandria with access to frequent, all-day bus service from 16,000 today to nearly 63,000 by 2030. pic.twitter.com/3nbD1XFtRe
— DASH Bus (@DASHBus) November 7, 2019
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.
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.