The CC2DCA Intermodal Connector project has the potential to unlock economic and transportation benefits through interconnecting up to seven different modes of travel, with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at one end and Crystal City, Arlington County’s largest downtown district at the other. Located less than a mile apart as the crow flies, Crystal City and DCA are separated by the George Washington Memorial Parkway and CSXT rail corridors. Existing walking routes between Crystal City and DCA are difficult to find, indirect, and take pedestrians over 35 minutes to walk between destinations.
VHB conducted a feasibility study to determine whether such a connection could be possible. Throughout the four-month planning process, VHB investigated the potential for a context-sensitive pedestrian connection that would enhance economic development opportunities, link thousands of residents and visitors to a growing regional rail network and create placemaking opportunities. To understand the opportunities, the VHB team engaged stakeholders and the public; analyzed constructability considerations; and developed a vision and action plan to propel the project forward. VHB’s study found that the CC2DCA Intermodal Connector was feasible, and Arlington County incorporated the project into their Capital Improvement Plan. VHB is continuing to help advance this project through the NEPA documentation process.