Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Commuters in Neighborhoods

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Commuters in Neighborhoods

In all the planning to accommodate the summer shutdown of six Metro stations, Alexandria transportation staff have overlooked the fastest trips to the Pentagon Metro on the DASH AT3 & AT4 buses.

The Parkfairfax and North Ridge neighborhoods are sure to become a one square mile commuter parking lot as residents from DelRay, Rosemont, OldTown, West End, and Fairfax County commuters drive to street parking along the AT3 & AT4 bus routes.

Already, 30 to 50 commuter vehicles per day park in Parkfairfax, and the drivers step on these buses. It's a convenient way to avoid Metro garages and shuttle buses in the morning, and in the evening, arrive at your car 20 minutes after leaving the Pentagon Metro station.

DASH CEO/GM Josh Baker needs to add buses to these two routes or suffer the wrath of morning riders left behind by standing-room-only buses skipping the last stops at Gunston Road and Martha Custis Drive.

Alexandria Police may be called upon to keep the peace between commuters and homeowners upset that interlopers are parking in the North Ridge neighborhood, close to their driveways.

Unfortunately, Mr. Baker's been focused on a "Transit Vision Plan" scheme routing the AT3 & AT4 buses through Shirlington, before proceeding to the Pentagon HOV lanes. The Alexandria Transit Co. Board must tell Mr. Baker to provide solutions to this summer's public transit riders' critical needs.

One would think years of successful numbers matter when planning DASH routes to the Pentagon Metro Station.

Maria T. Wildes