Crystal City at South Eads Street and 32nd Street South
Construction started in September 2015 and was completed in summer 2017.
- Construction photos are available on Flickr.
About the Project
A new bus facility at South Eads and 32nd Streets provides crucial operational space for Arlington Transit's (ART) growing bus fleet. The two-story facility includes:
- Light-duty maintenance bay
- Bus wash bay
- Compressed natural gas fueling station
Washing and fueling services for ART buses had been 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 provides more flexibility for how ART fuels and maintains its vehicles.
Since the facility is 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
This new ART facility and a leased 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 presentations:
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.