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File #: 23-0627    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/21/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 1/24/2023 Final action:
Title: Consideration of a Grant Application from DASH and the City of Alexandria for the FY 2024 to FY 2025 I-395/95 Commuter Choice Grant Program. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 23-0627_Attachment 1 - Resolution, 2. 23-0627_Attachment 2 - Ridership, 3. 23-0627_Attachment 3 - Route Maps, 4. 23-0627_Attachment 4 - Endorsement Letters, 5. 23-0627_Attachment 5 - Presentation, 6. 23-0627_Final signed resolution - RES NO 3133
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JANUARY 17, 2023

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: YON LAMBERT, DEPUTY CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of a Grant Application from DASH and the City of Alexandria for the FY 2024 to FY 2025 I-395/95 Commuter Choice Grant Program. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
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ISSUE: Should the City seek grant funding for DASH bus services and buses?

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1. Approve the proposed resolution (Attachment 1) to support the three (3) I-395/95 Commuter Choice Grant application requests for up to $26.5 million over two years; and

2. Authorize the City Manager to apply for these grant funds and enter into any necessary agreements to accept this grant.

BACKGROUND: The purpose of the Commuter Choice program is to provide funding support for transportation projects that maximize person throughput in the I-395/95 corridor and improve mobility options. The program is managed by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), which oversee the distribution of roughly $17 million in annual funding from I-395/95 Express Lane toll revenues.

In the first four years of the I-395/95 Commuter Choice program, DASH and the City have been awarded more than $14 million in funding for two bus service enhancement projects on Line 35 and Line 36A/B. Funding increased the service frequency and hours of operation. As a result of these service improvements, ridership on these routes has increased dramatically on both weekdays and weekends. The graphs in Attachment 2 display a comparison between baseline ridership levels without the I-395 Commuter Choice improvements and the actual daily ridership levels with the service improvements.
DISCUSSION: Staff propose to submit three applicat...

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