A Crystal City Metro 2nd Entrance that Works for All Modes

Level of Effort: 5 minutes, at home in your PJs
Deadline: Fri 7/23 5pm

Arlington is working to build a new East entrance for the Crystal City Metro.  This 2nd entrance would simplify connections between MetroRail and MetroWay premium bus service, VRE (as well as potential Amtrak service), biking via the Mt Vernon Trail, and the future CC2DCA connector to National Airport.

That said, it is critical to get this design right – to ensure this space works for all users. Crystal Drive is already a busy area where we struggle to allocate sufficient space for the many modes that seek to travel in this area.

Metro entrances generate significant pick-up and drop-off activity. From private vehicles, to ride hail vehicles like Uber and Lyft to private shuttles, many vehicles concentrate at these major transportation facilities. We have direct and extremely negative experience with what happens when this pickup and drop-off activity takes place adjacent to a standard, paint-only unprotected bike lane. The Hayes Street bike lanes, immediately adjacent to the Pentagon City Metro are not only notorious anecdotally among the Arlington bike community for being a constant source of danger and frustration, that danger and frustration has been quantified - they are sometime blocked as much as 60% of waking hours.

With the Mt. Vernon Trail connection so close by, cycling to and from this new Multimodal Hub is likely to be a common choice. We cannot ruin that possibility with blocked and dangerous bike lanes. This Metro Entrance must either add protection to the existing Crystal Drive bike lane adjacent to the station or ensure that some other Arlington Capital project does so prior to the entrance opening. Similarly, Arlington’s Master Transportation Plan bicycle element calls for bike facilities on 18th St immediately adjacent to this entrance – this project must either build that protected bike lane on 18th or ensure that some other Capital project does so prior to opening to make sure this station works for everyone.

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This new Metro Entrance cannot repeat the mistakes of the past - it must provide protection to any adjacent bike lanes before opening to prevent pick-up and drop-off activity from occuring in the bike lane. 

With the Mt. Vernon Trail connection so close by, cycling to and from this new Multimodal Hub is likely to be a common choice. We cannot ruin that possibility with blocked and dangerous bike lanes.

This Metro Entrance must either add protection to the existing Crystal Drive bike lane adjacent to the station or ensure that some other Arlington Capital project does so prior to the entrance opening. Similarly, Arlington’s Master Transportation Plan bicycle element calls for bike facilities on 18th St immediately adjacent to this entrance – this project must either build that protected bike lane on 18th or ensure that some other Capital project does so prior to opening to make sure this station works for everyone.

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