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Dedicated Bus Lane From Crystal City To Potomac Yard To Open Next Month

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The Metroway line will run on dedicated lanes south from Crystal City to the Braddock Road station.
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The Metroway line will run on dedicated lanes south from Crystal City to the Braddock Road station.

There is good news for commuters in Virginia: the first dedicated bus lane in the D.C. region is scheduled to open next month.

The first phase of the Crystal City-to-Potomac Yard commuter bus service on Route 1 will open Aug. 24. Called Metroway, the new transit corridor will move riders between the Braddock Road and Crystal City Metrorail stations in dedicated bus lanes in Route 1's most congested spots.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille says this should be the first of many bus-only lanes in our region.

"I've done a lot of travel over the past nine months outside the United States, and it is very exciting when you go to even a country like Taiwan or a country like Turkey, and you are in Instanbul or Ankara, and you see their transitway systems, multi-modal systems. And you sit back in awe," Euille says. "They are jam packed, and you sit up there and say, here in these foreign countries they are so far ahead of us in terms of addressing their transportation needs and means."

Metroway will be phased in over the next year. In addition to the separate lanes for buses, there will be new stations and service seven days a week to riders in Alexandria and Arlington.

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