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Notes: New study explores increased bus service across Woodrow Wilson Bridge

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Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is studying what expanded transit across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge could look like, according to one of the brilliant reporters over at FFXnow.

At a meeting earlier this week, Todd Horsley, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s director of Northern Virginia Transit Programs, presented a study that explored how transit could make use of expanded I-495 Express Lanes crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Horsley pointed out repeatedly that all of this was theoretical, nothing is being planned just yet, but a study was done in case those transit plans were to come along later.

Currently, there’s limited bus service along I-495 and across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. If the new express lanes are built, however, Horsley said the expansion of those transit routes could come in a few stages. The shortest-term plans could be implemented immediately and would add an express route connecting Tysons to Alexandria and another extending into Maryland.

Longer-term plans could involve more extended connections between Tysons and parts of Fairfax with locations like King Street and the Braddock Road Metro stop, as well as traffic into various Maryland neighborhoods or even curling up to The Wharf in D.C.

While there was some discussion of using part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge for a new rail connection into Maryland, Horsley said the data didn’t show a huge benefit for ridership compared to buses using express lanes.

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