Alexandria Traffic Has Increased Since Metro's Summer Shutdown Started

July 30, 2019
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Metro’s summer shutdown at the stations south of Reagan Airport has prompted more drivers in Northern Virginia to spend extra time in traffic. 

Travel times throughout Alexandria have increased 4 percent compared to the spring, the city found in its latest report. The greatest increases in traffic came during evening commutes on Duke Street and during morning commutes on Van Dorn Street. 

The city installed sensors, enabling it to track traffic patterns. 

Metro train service at the six locations closed May 25, and WMATA has replaced the trains with free shuttles. The shuttles have taken more than a million trips since the shutdown. 

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