Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

July 2
Year-round yard waste collection on hold in Arlington

The new year-round yard waste collection program scheduled to begin this week has been delayed, according to an Arlington County statement.

The planned distribution of new yard waste collection carts to households in August and September has also been postponed.

The delay is because of pending litigation with unsuccessful bidders, the statement said.

Current trash and recycling services will continue uninterrupted, and charges for the new program will not go into effect until it begins.

No new date has been set for the program.

For information, visit www.recycling.arlingtonva.us.

Alexandria extends parking meter enforcement

Alexandria has extended parking meter enforcement until 9 p.m. citywide and added metered hours in Carlyle on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to a statement by city officials.

The statement said the change is intended to promote parking turnover, make on-street spaces available to short-term visitors, encourage long-term parking at off-street facilities and parking garages, and boost the use of Metrorail, DASH and the free Old Town Trolley.

The new hours went into effect Tuesday, but enforcement will not begin until July 14.

For information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/parking.

Alexandria’s nature center closed this weekend

The Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center in Alexandria will be closed from Friday to Sunday for annual maintenance. The center will reopen Tuesday. For information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Alexandria DASH tokens are discontinued

Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH tokens have been discontinued and will no longer be accepted on the DASH system. The change went into effect Tuesday. The system will continue to accept Metrobus full-fare tokens.

For information about using DASH, visit www.dashbus.com.

Working group to study proposed transmission line

The Alexandria City Council has set up a working group to examine the potential effect of Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed 230-kilovolt underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington County, according to a city statement.

The Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group will look at the impact of the construction and use of the proposed line in the vicinity of Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard.

The city has asked Dominion to consider options that do not involve routes in Alexandria.

The council also asked the power company to provide a needs assessment, a report on the feasibility of alternatives, an environmental analysis and other information.

For information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/DVP230KV.

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