Over the past decade, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) has leveraged the neighborhood’s accessibility within the greater Washington region as a key competitive advantage for businesses looking to invest or locate in the area. Proximity to Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) is a dominant factor in that competitive advantage and is a characteristic the Crystal City BID has long promoted.
Now, with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) embarking on a $1 billion capital improvement program across its two airports, Arlington County seeking to manage Metro Station capacity in Crystal City, various rail related improvements underway along the corridor, and property owners focusing on repositioning assets, new opportunities have emerged to enhance regional connections while further integrating DCA’s presence into the fabric of a transforming and dynamic Crystal City.
More specifically, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is in the middle of a planning study to relocate the Crystal City VRE station to support larger trains and an island platform configuration. Two of the relocation options bring the VRE station closer to the DCA Metro station and present a strategic opportunity to not only integrate the station better with Crystal City, but to improve the physical connection between DCA and Crystal City.
This connection would dramatically strengthen Arlington’s overall long-term economic sustainability and further cement the airport as a national leader in community partnership and innovation in air travel mobility.
To directly link Crystal City with DCA and the National Airport Metro station via a context-sensitive pedestrian connection that enhances economic development opportunities, strengthens the neighborhood’s hotel community, and offers new opportunities to link the thousands of workers and residents of Crystal City to a growing regional rail network.
The request for proposal (RFP) was issued on Monday, July 17th. Download the full RFP here.
To identify the optimum means of constructing a new pedestrian connection to the airport; and to identify preferred locations, costs, regulatory requirements, financing mechanisms, usage estimates, travel mode impacts, context-sensitive design choices, real estate considerations, and timetables associated with the recommended approach.