Crystal City at South Eads Street and 32nd Street South
Construction started in September 2015 - anticipated completion is summer 2017.
- Work hours are 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday (these work hours also apply on County holidays)
- Construction photos are available on Flickr
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 Route 1, to improve the facility’s functionality and appearance.
Additional space leased for ART buses
Until this ART bus facility is completed, the majority of buses will move to the newly leased 2631 Shirlington Road site, while the balance will be temporarily housed at the Water Pollution Control Plant.
Once completed, the new ART facility and the Shirlington site will accommodate all of the ART bus fleet. However, the Shirlington site is not a long-term solution, since the County's lease expires in 2023. A long-term solution will be examined as part of the Joint Facilities Advisory Committee.
- Community Meeting Presentation - June 10, 2015
- Community Meeting Presentation - October 14, 2015
- Community Meeting Presentation - June 8, 2016
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.