Travel Options During Metro Improvements

The Washington, DC Metrorail will conduct system-wide improvements through June 2017 that will cause service delays. This initiative is called SafeTrack. The highest period of impact to Alexandria is February 11 through April 9, 2017.  Fortunately, there are many convenient ways to travel the seven miles between Washington and Alexandria.  Below is a quick summary of our favorite options.

For more information on the Metro SafeTrack Plan visit the WMATA website and download the MetroAlerts app for the most up-to-date information. Be sure to check the City of Alexandria page for updates and more information visit alexandriava.gov/SafeTrack.

Service Impact Schedule

  • February 11 – February 28: Yellow Line operating normally between Alexandria and DC. No Blue Line trains between Rosslyn and Pentagon; Arlington Cemetery station closed. Arlington Cemetery will be served by shuttle buses from Pentagon station.
  • March 4 – March 26: Strongly consider alternative transportation. Blue Line operating but only every 24 minutes due to single tracking. Must take Blue Line to connect from Alexandria to DC or Reagan Airport. No Yellow Line trains between King St-Old Town and Reagan Airport.
  • March 26 – April 2: Yellow Line operating normally. Blue Line trains only running every 24 minutes due to single tracking.
  • April 3 – April 9: Blue Line operating normally. Yellow Line trains only running every 24 minutes due to single tracking.

Connecting Alexandria to Washington, DC

Old Town - King Street Station

Metro (Note: Expect service delays and closures on Yellow and/or Blue line between Feb. 11 and April 9, 2017)

Four metro stations in Alexandria and 40 stations in Washington, DC

Duration: ~20 minutes (Possible Service Delays)

Est. Cost: $3 (varies slightly by destination)

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Lyft App

Rideshare (e.g., Uber/Lyft)

Connecting Old Town Alexandria and National Mall

Duration: ~15 minutes

Est. Cost: ~$11-$14 for uberX; ~$12-15 for Lyft (non-surge pricing)

More information on Uber and Lyft

Alexandria Cab Company

Taxi

Connecting Old Town Alexandria and National Mall

Duration: ~15 minutes

Est. Cost: ~$20-26

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Carshare

Carshare

Various locations throughout Alexandria and Washington, DC

Duration: ~15 Minutes

Est. Cost: $10 per hour

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PARKING

Car

Connecting Old Town Alexandria and National Mall

Duration: ~15 minutes via the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway

Est. Cost: fuel ~$1.50; Parking $11-18 (all day garage) or $2.30/hour (meters)

More information on parking in Washington, DC.

Water Taxi to National Mall

Water Taxi (Note: Water Taxi does not begin operating until the end of March)

Connecting Old Town Alexandria and National Mall

Duration: ~30 minutes

Est. Cost: $16 one-way, $28 round-trip

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Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare

Various locations throughout Alexandria and Washington, DC

Duration: ~45 minutes via the Mount Vernon Trail

Cost: $4

More information on fares and a map of bike stations

Metrobus

Metrobus

Various stops throughout Alexandria and Washington, DC

Duration: ~45 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes

Cost: ~$1.75-$7.00

More Information on schedules and fares

Virginia Railway Express

Virginia Railway Express (not available midday or weekends)

Connecting Alexandria Amtrak Station and Union Station in Washington, DC

Duration: 25 minutes

Cost: $6.75 one way, $13.50 for a day pass

More information on schedules and fares

Connecting Alexandria to Ronald Reagan National Washington Airport

Old Town - King Street Station

Metro (Note: Expect service delays and closures on Yellow and/or Blue line between Feb. 11 and April 9, 2017)

Four metro stations in Alexandria and 40 stations in Washington, DC

Duration: ~10 minutes (Possible Service Delays)

Est. Cost: $2 (varies slightly by destination)

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Lyft App

Rideshare (e.g., Uber/Lyft)

Connecting Old Town Alexandria and Ronald Reagan National Washington Airport

Duration: ~10 minutes

Cost: ~$10-$14 for uberX; ~$11-14 for Lyft (non-surge pricing)

More information on Uber and Lyft

Alexandria Cab Company

Taxi

Connecting Old Town Alexandria and Ronald Reagan National Washington Airport

Duration: ~10 minutes

Cost: ~$13-$15

More information