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Metroway Promises Smooth Ride From Crystal City To Braddock Road

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The sleek new Metroway buses will enjoy dedicated lanes when they start rolling up the transitway in Alexandria next month.
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The sleek new Metroway buses will enjoy dedicated lanes when they start rolling up the transitway in Alexandria next month.

City leaders in Alexandria are about to open the region's first traffic lanes dedicated to buses.

When the sleek blue Metroway buses start rolling up and down Route 1 between Crystal City and Braddock Road next month, they won't have to share the lanes with cars. That's because they will have their own dedicated lanes, a first for the region.

"Because it's in dedicated lanes, and typically those lanes are concrete, the suspension is tighter. It's a smoother ride," says Rich Baier, director of the Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.

When it opens, Baier says, the part of the transitway with dedicated lanes will be less than a mile. But that is expected to grow.

"As the yard, Potomac Yard, develops more and more of this will be placed in dedicated lanes," he says.

Later this week, leaders in Arlington will break ground on an extension of the transitway that will eventually connect the Pentagon City Metro station with Alexandria's Braddock Road Station.

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