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City looking for feedback on future of transit, traffic and overall transportation planning

An update to the Alexandria Mobility Plan could reshape some of the ways the city approaches transit, streets and more.

The city is soliciting public feedback on the new update to the Alexandria Mobility Plan (AMP).

One of the items on the transit site of the update is a renewed emphasis on electric buses, something the city has gradually been moving towards.

“[The city should] build out a fast and reliable all-day transit network with frequent service that runs on electric buses and serves the entire city,” the plan says, “with a focus on areas that will benefit the most Alexandrians, businesses, employees, customers and visitors.”

The plan includes a note that paying for bus fare should be easier and more equitable, an issue that could be somewhat irrelevant if the city moves forward with a proposal to make DASH free starting this fall.

The plan includes prioritizing high frequency, a controversial change DASH is moving forward with later this year.

The AMP also says the city is going to have to update some of its smart signal technology and other street infrastructure to manage congestion — like upgrading the capabilities of the Traffic Management Center to handle traffic management in real-time.

“[The city should] expand smart signal technology to enable detection and real-time signal adjustments,” the update says, [and] strategically invest in partnerships to expand City data, technology, and communications capabilities.”

The full update is available online and the city is soliciting feedback on the plan through the end of the month.

“Residents and businesses are encouraged to review the full draft AMP, Executive Summary and overview presentation, and provide input online by Friday, April 30,” the city said on its website. “The Transportation Commission will also hold a public hearing on April 21… All feedback received by April 30 will be presented to the AMP Advisory Committee to help determine how to incorporate feedback into the final plan. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the final plan before the City Council hears public comment and then considers it for adoption in late summer/early fall.”

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