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Metro Adds New Bus Route To Deal With BRAC Traffic Woes In Alexandria

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Residents and local leaders say the 6,400 Department of Defense employees commuting to the new Mark Center building could add hours to the commute on I-395.
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Residents and local leaders say the 6,400 Department of Defense employees commuting to the new Mark Center building could add hours to the commute on I-395.

More than 6,000 Defense Department employees are scheduled to move to the Mark Center in Alexandria as a result of changes from BRAC. To help address some concerns about traffic, Metro will begin running a new bus route from the Pentagon to Mark Center and make changes to others.

Metro will start running buses between the Pentagon and the Mark Center complex on weekdays beginning August 8th. The 7-M line will run every 10 minutes during rush hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours.

Department of Defense workers with a Mark Center IDs will ride for free, and their fares will be covered by the federal government.

Alexandria officials say the move may bring temporary problems, but will boost local retail spending and development. Employees are scheduled to start moving to the Mark Center next month. BRAC requires that the move be implemented by September 15, 2011.

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