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Alexandria approves North Potomac Yard development

Sunday, June 13, 2010


North Potomac Yard project advances

Alexandria's City Council unanimously approved the $3 billion to $4 billion North Potomac Yard project Saturday.

The rezoning allows for a new Metro station on the Blue and Yellow lines and 7.5 million square feet of commercial, residential and retail space on the 69-acre tract of land on the former railroad depot property abutting Arlington County.

A high-capacity transitway, new street grid, parks, a school, hotel and other amenities are slated for the area. Much of the construction is based on final federal and city approval of the estimated $240 million Metro station. The city has established a financing plan to build the station.

-- Christy Goodman

Arlington bus rides will cost more

The Arlington County Board voted Saturday to increase its ART transit bus service fares from $1.25 to $1.50 with a SmarTrip card. The new fares take effect July 1.

The board said the increase will help cover the doubling of ridership since the last fare increase in 2004 and will pay for fuel and maintenance.

Paratransit riders on the STAR system will see an increase, too. Local trips will increase from $2.50 to $3.00. Trips inside the Capital Beltway were raised $1 to $4 and regional trips increased by $1.50 to $8.50.

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