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Consultants behind Potomac Yard transportation study taking questions from the public next week

Opening of the Potomac Yard Metro station (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

One of the biggest concerns about the Potomac Yard arena has been the transportation plan: how can the city effectively get arena traffic to and from Potomac Yard?

A transportation study by consultant Kimley-Horn outlined both challenges and possible solutions to transportation concerns.

The study said that the current Potomac Yard Metro station has several pinch points that will be over capacity after events at the arena. The study showed that nearly every point on the station, from the platforms to the ticket machines, will be over capacity after events with crowding and excessive queuing.

The study said improvements to the station could cost anywhere between $35 to $70 million, with transit service enhancements costing between $2.5 to $7.5 million annually in additional post-event Metrorail trains, increased bus service and more.

“With investments in transit service, multimodal infrastructure, and technology, the development will achieve desired non-auto mode split of at least 50% within the stated budget,” the report said.

A presentation on the study is available online and mayor Justin Wilson said the City of Alexandria will host a community conversation with Kimley-Horn next week about transportation planning.

The event is virtual only and will run from 7-8:30 p.m.

Attendees can register online to attend.

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