Crystal City bus route’s cost will exceed $10M

February 22, 2014
VIRGINIA
Crystal City bus route cost will exceed $10M

Building a 2.25-mile rapid-transit route for buses in Arlington’s Crystal City corridor could cost at least $10.26 million, and that’s before the bus lanes are converted to a streetcar line, county documents show.

The Arlington County Board was slated to vote Saturday to award a general construction contract to W.M. Schlosser for the project, which has been planned since 2001. Schlosser’s bid was the lowest of three, at $9.9 million, but adding in a cushion for contingencies pushes the bid to $10.26 million.

The project will create lanes dedicated to rapid transit on a route roughly one block over from and parallel to Jefferson Davis Highway, from 15th Street South to just south of South Glebe Road. Buses would turn around at Four Mile Run, just over the bridge from Alexandria’s bus transitway, which is already under construction.

Ultimately, Arlington and Alexandria hope to connect the two bus routes so that passengers can travel from the Braddock Road Metro station in Alexandria to just beyond the Crystal City Metro station at 18th Street South. Arlington officials, who plan to eventually convert the Crystal City transitway to a streetcar route, then want to connect the planned Columbia Pike streetcar line to this one.

— Patricia Sullivan

THE REGION
U.S. DOT: Cash running out for roads, bridges

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which uses the 18.4-cent federal gas tax to pay for roads and bridges, will run out of money in the third week of August, the U.S. Department of Transportation projected last week.

The trust fund began the fiscal year with $1.6 billion. A few weeks later, $9.7 billion was transferred into it from the general fund. (Congress had authorized a $10.4 billion transfer, but that was reduced under sequestration.)

But spending on what’s known as surface transportation has continued at a greater pace than that of money coming in, and the construction season that uses lots of cash begins in just a few months.

— Ashley Halsey III

7,673

Number of potholes the District Department of Transportation says it filled since the first of the year.

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