Through Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Arlington County is seeking feedback on the Crystal City to Reagan National Airport Multimodal Connection (CC2DCA).
The project, first proposed in 2010, gained momentum following Amazon’s announcement of Amazon building HQ2 in Crystal City.
“This project explores the possibility of providing a context-sensitive multimodal connection between Crystal City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for use by people walking, biking, and using micromobility devices.”Project web site: Crystal City to Reagan National Airport Multimodal Connection (CC2DCA)
Spanning the railroad tracks, including a new Virginia Railway Express station, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, CC2DCA is planned to connect directly to the Mount Vernon Trail.
Two alignments proposed
Arlington County has provide two alternatives as well as a No Build Alternative. From the TRANSPORTATION TECHNICAL REPORT of February 13, 2023 (PDF):
Alternative 7D would result in additional use of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the vicinity of
2011 Crystal Drive, as an additional 455 daily pedestrians and 799 daily bicyclists above No-Build
conditions are expected at this location. By providing a new direct pedestrian and bicycle
connection to DCA, Alternative 7D would have a beneficial impact on pedestrian and bicycle
connectivity in Crystal City. In connecting to the Crystal City VRE Station, Alternative 7D would
make use of the public access easements associated with that Project to provide public access for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Alternative 7D would have no permanent physical impacts to pedestrian and bicycle facilities in
Alternative 9D would result in additional use of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the vicinity of
2231 Crystal Drive, as an additional 455 daily pedestrians and 799 daily bicyclists above No-Build
conditions are expected. Public access easements would need to be provided to ensure public
access to CC2DCA from Crystal Drive. By providing a new direct pedestrian and bicycle
connection to DCA, Alternative 9D would have a beneficial impact on pedestrian and bicycle
connectivity in Crystal City.
Alternative 9D would have no permanent physical impacts to pedestrian and bicycle facilities in
Crystal City. During construction of the CC2DCA elements linking the Amtrak platform to the
Crystal Drive level, construction at 2231 Crystal Drive may disrupt pedestrian circulation along
the private sidewalks of the southern section of the Crystal Park development.
Each plan would have construction-period impacts that could result in trail detours and closures as well as possible realignment. Traffic calming for the connection between MVT and CC2DCA are also anticipated.
The Programmatic Agreement to mitigate the impacts to NPS land include a Vegetation Protection Plan to reduce loss of mature trees as well as a Vegetation Restoration Plan that requires restorative planting of trees and bushes to replace any that must be removed, including annual removal of invasive plants for 5 years after completion of the bridge. The Programmatic Agreement also requires Arlington County to provide funding for additional historical interpretive signage in the Parkway.
Download the reports
The CC2DCA environmental assessment documents can be downloaded from the following links:
- CC2DCA Environmental Assessment
- CC2DCA EA Appendix A – List of Technical Reports
- CC2DCA EA Appendix B – Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation
- CC2DCA EA Appendix C1 – Section 106 Assessment of Effects
- CC2DCA EA Appendix C2 – Draft Programmatic Agreement
- CC2DCA EA Appendix D – Agency Correspondence
- Alternatives Technical Report
- Transportation Technical Report
- Natural Resources Technical Report
- Socioeconomics and Land Use Technical Report
- Indirect and Cumulative Effects Technical Report
- Environmental Justice Technical Report
Provide feedback by October 3
Arlington County is accepting CC2DCA feedback through October 3.
- Support for the Preferred Alternative which will improve access between the Mount Vernon Trail, DCA and National Landing.
- The Vegetation Protection Plan should ensure protection of existing large trees.
- The Vegetation Restoration Plan should include removal of the existing invasive honeysuckle between the current airport access and the location of the new airport access
Online Feedback Forms
Send an email to: email@example.com
Send your comment by mail:
c/o Kyle Kling
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington VA 22201
Project web site: Crystal City to Reagan National Airport Multimodal Connection (CC2DCA)