Northern Virginia has lots of transit options for commuting. That’s a big reason why Amazon picked Crystal City for their second (third?) headquarters. Here are the best ways to get around National Landing today, before the Amazon upgrades deliver.
The good news here is that both Yellow and Blue Line serve National Landing. With Metro’s limited Yellow Line service, commuters often have to take a long way up and over to DC via the Blue Line. Consulting the Metro map, we see there are stops in Pentagon City, Crystal City, Ronald Reagan Airport, Braddock Road, and Old Town Alexandria.
Metro will close all stations south of Crystal City between Memorial Day 2019 and Labor Day 2019. The work will remove Metrorail service to Reagan Airport and all stations south thereof. This affects both the Blue and Yellow Line. National Landing commuters will be able to use Metrorail to get to Pentagon City and Crystal City.
The following Metrobus routes serve National Landing and pass through Crystal City: 10A, 10B, 10N, 10E, 23A. Here is the full map for Virginia Metrobus routes.
The Alexandria-Pentagon Line (10A, 10E, 10N) is a North-South route through National Landing. The Hunting Point-Ballston Line (10B) shares many of the 10A/E/N stops going North/South but goes West to Ballston for commuters to North Arlington. The McLean-Crystal City Line (23A) shares stops in National Landing with the 10 routes but goes through North Arlington all the way to McLean, VA.
WMATA operates a limited-stop commuter service route through National Landing: 11Y (Mt. Vernon Express Line).
Metroway, a rapid bus transit service already operating in National Landing, will receive extensions in service and improvements in bus-dedicated infrastructure with Amazon’s DC arrival. However, it’s already a fantastic way to go North/South in National Landing. If you commute inside Southeast Arlington, this is the best way to get around via bus.
Metroway runs between Metrorail stations at Pentagon City and Braddock Road, which serve the Blue and Yellow Lines. Unlike most WMATA’s Metrobus, Metroway stops have shelters from the weather and seating. The route has fewer, farther apart stops and travel along the route is faster because of lanes reserved only for buses. This Metroway map will get edits soon as Amazon’s arrival spurs Metroway expansions to the North and South plus street upgrades for bus commuting.
Metroway takes WMATA SmarTrip cards and has fewer operating hours than Metrobus routes that serve National Landing.
Arlington Transit Bus
Arlington Transit’s 43 route (Courthouse - Rosslyn - Crystal City) serves the northern half of National Landing via Route 1 with a loop in Crystal City.
Alexandria Transit Company DASH Bus
The Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus operates several routes in the Southern part of National Landing. Consulting the DASH system map shows Routes 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10 serve portions of National Landing. The 9 and 10 routes make loops around Potomac Yard and take a North/South route via Mt. Vernon Avenue. The other routes serve Metrorail’s Braddock Road station and serve Del Ray neighborhoods in the Southern portion of National Landing. DASH is probably your best way to commute via bus from Western neighborhoods within National Landing.
Regional Rail: VRE
Virginia’s commuter rail system VRE serves Crystal City after a stop in Alexandria and before a stop across the Potomac River at L’Enfant Plaza. The Crystal City stop will go through an overhaul in the next few years, the planning and execution of which pre-dates Amazon’s decision.
Bike Commuting in National Landing
Bike commuters can connect North/South to National Landing using the Mt. Vernon Trail, which has an off-ramp to Crystal City, as well as the East/West Four Mile Run Trail, which connects to Potomac Yard at the Potomac Avenue junction. If you’re heading further West into Fairfax County, Four Mile Run gets you to the W&OD Trail. The W&OD Trail takes you a loooooooong way West.