In Crystal City at South Eads Street and 32nd Street South
Construction started in September 2015 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.
- Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (these work hours will also apply on County holidays).
- No delays or changes to current traffic patterns are expected at this time.
- Construction photos are available on Flickr.
During construction, ART buses and other light and heavy vehicles will be temporarily parked at 3600 South Four Mile Run (former LaPorte Property). The County does not foresee any major changes to existing traffic patterns. The lot will be returned to its original state once construction is complete.
About the Project
The County is building a new Arlington Transit (ART) bus facility, at South Eads and 32nd Streets, to provide crucial operational space for its growing bus fleet. The two-story facility will include:
- Light-duty maintenance bay
- Bus wash bay
- Compressed natural gas fueling station
Currently, washing and fueling services for ART buses are contracted from an adjacent Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) facility, at a high cost and with very restricted hours. Building a County-owned facility will provide more flexibility for how ART fuels and maintains its vehicles.
Since the facility will be located on the edge of Crystal City and several established neighborhoods, the project includes upgrading the surrounding streetscape, on South Eads Street and Jefferson Davis Highway, to improve the facility’s functionality and appearance.
Additional Space Leased for County Vehicles and ART Buses
ART’s entire fleet is currently stored at 3600 South Four Mile Run, adjacent to Jennie Dean Park. Most of the 65 buses will move to the new ART Bus Facility once it's complete - some 20 other ART buses will move to the newly leased 2631 Shirlington Road site, along with a bus dispatch trailer and vehicles displaced by the County’s Trades Center Garage Project. The County is adding a third level to the two-story parking garage to accommodate more County vehicles.
Where to add bus maintenance and parking space is one of many County needs examined by the Community Facilities Study, a broad-based, year-long planning effort launched in January 2015 by the Arlington County Board and the Arlington School Board.
The total budget for the ART bus facility and streetscape improvements is $17.6 million, which includes design, construction, construction management and related costs. Funding comes from a combination of state and regional funds and local commercial real estate tax revenues that may only be used for transportation.