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Next stop for the Duke Street Transitway: Alexandria’s City Council

Traffic backup heading eastbound along Duke Street (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

After years of discussion, the Duke Street Transitway is headed to Alexandria’s City Council this week.

The plan is going to a public hearing at the City Council meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).

The recommended plan, called Concept A, involves a mix of center-running and mixed-traffic along Duke Street. From Van Dorn Street to just past Jordan Street, the transitway would have buses in a pair of dedicated, center-running lanes, but it gets more complicated east of Jordan Street.

For around half of the length of the Duke Street Transitway, the buses will be in mixed traffic on both sides of the street or only have dedicated center-running lanes on one direction. The middle section of the transitway, Segment 2, proved the most restrictive to some of the more ambitious designs of the transitway.

The plan noted the long-term goal would be eventually having center-running bus lanes all along Duke Street, though these plans are dependent on both redevelopment along the corridor and available funding.

Beyond buses, the plans also include recommendations for shared-use paths along Duke Street, making the road more usable for cyclists and pedestrians. The recommendation is to have, at a minimum, uninterrupted sidewalks on both sides of Duke Street. The north side of the corridor, the plan said, should have a separate two-way cycle track for the sections at either end of the corridor.

Recommendation for the Duke Street Transitway (image via City of Alexandria)

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