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Notes: New electric DASH buses coming courtesy I-395 tolls

Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 81. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. At night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Low around 69. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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Alexandria bus network DASH has long struggled with funding issues for its electric bus ambitions, but I-395 tolls are helping cover part of that cost.

DASH announced in a release that it was awarded $14 million in grant funding through the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission’s I-395 Commuter Choice Program. In addition to the electric buses, the funding will also be used to maintain peak service on some of the network’s busiest lines.

“The funds will be used to maintain frequent every 10-minutes or better peak service on DASH Lines 35 and 36A/B through Fiscal Year 2025,” the release said. “DASH was also provided funding to purchase two 60-foot articulated electric buses to increase capacity on Line 35, the busiest single route in the entire DASH system.”

Lines 35 and 36 A/B run through West End, Parkfairfax, Arlandria and Potomac Yard.

“Our application was successful thanks in large part to the passionate support and advocacy of our riders and community,” said Josh Baker, DASH’s CEO & General Manager in the release, “and we are immensely grateful for every phone call, email, social media interaction and survey response submitted in support of maintaining these frequent, reliable and vital transit services.”

Photo via DASHbus/Facebook

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