Press Release

Release Date: Aug 5, 2014

Crystal City Gets Even More Accessible

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2014
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430, afox@crystalcity.org

Crystal City Gets Even More Accessible

Adds Parkmobile, More Free Retail Parking, car2go, and New Transit Options

CRYSTAL CITY, VA — Centrally located in the greater Washington, DC region, Crystal City was built on the basis of great transportation assets. Walking distance from Reagan National Airport, two Virginia Railways Express lines, direct access to the Metro's yellow and blue lines, numerous regional bus connections, 16 Capital Bikeshare stations, easy access to area highways, and direct connections to the region’s premier bicycle commuting routes, Crystal City's accessible infrastructure is unmatched. These amenities are now even more enhanced with the addition of several exciting developments: expanded free evening parking options, Arlington's debut of pay-by-cell technology, the introduction of several new transit options, and the incoming first car2go dedicated parking spots outside of the District of Columbia.

“Crystal City’s transportation assets have always led the region,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Where else can you just as easily walk to a major airport as take a quick train to the US Capitol. These additional amenities enhance the existing infrastructure, furthering our goal of making Crystal City a world-class destination for visitors, employees, and residents.”

To further support the thriving post-work dining and entertainment scene, options for free evening and weekend parking were expanded to include garage spaces at 2011 and 2345 Crystal Drive. Combined with garages at 1750 Crystal Drive, 241 18th Street, 223 23rd Street, 220 20th Street, and 2200 Crystal Drive, Crystal City now offers well over one thousand free spaces when entering after 4:00 PM and all day on weekends and holidays. For a detailed map of available free spaces, please visit www.crystalcity.org/accessible/car/parking.

For those looking for on-street spaces, it's good-bye quarters and hello pay-by-cell. Parkmobile, a mobile parking solution previously rolled out in DC, allows drivers to pay for public on street parking with their smartphones. As Crystal City becomes an area leader in technology and innovation, it makes sense for that technology to extend to the way that drivers pay for parking.

July marked the groundbreaking for the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Corridor Transit Improvements Project on which WMATA will operate MetroWay – the region’s first premium bus service serving the 4.5 mile corridor between Crystal City and the Braddock Road Metro station. MetroWay service, which begins operation at the end of August, includes enhanced bus stops, dedicated transit lanes, off-board payment, and high frequency service translating into bus departures every 6 minutes during the peak period and every 12 minutes during the off-peak period. Not only does MetroWay provide a new, convenient, and fast way for residents, workers, and visitors to travel within Crystal City, but it serves the rapid redevelopment and growth anticipated along the corridor. By 2020, the Arlington portion of the corridor will be served by both MetroWay and the approved Arlington Streetcar further enhancing headways and transit capacity.

Crystal City also welcomed Arlington Regional Transit (ART) back to Crystal City with the introduction of ART Bus 43 in March and ART Bus 92 this October. ART 43 provides a one seat, limited stop, peak hour service between Crystal City, Rosslyn, and Courthouse. The launch of ART 92 coincides with the opening of the new Boeing regional headquarters and connects it to the Pentagon Metro, Long Bridge Park, VRE, and the Crystal City Metro.

Finally, car2go, a highly successful carsharing service in DC, will cross the river and expand into Crystal City in the coming weeks. The expansion, made possible through a creative partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith, creates a new “home area” for the service in the heart of Crystal City allowing the region’s more than 33,000 members to begin and end a reservation in Arlington’s largest downtown. The expansion into Crystal City provides the first “home area” outside of DC allowing members to start and end trips on either side of the Potomac River. Stay tuned for launch information and a free membership code.

To learn more about Crystal City, please visit www.crystalcity.org.

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About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.