Ribbon Cut for New Arlington Transit Facility

Published on September 26, 2017

  • First facility built specifically for Arlington's local bus system

  • More services to be provided for growing ART fleet

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Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette, along with senior County staff and officials from Virginia's Department of Rail and Public Transportation, helped celebrate the completion of the new Arlington Transit (ART) Light Maintenance Facility with a unique bus-drive-through ribbon cutting this morning.

At the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to explore the new two-story, state-of-the-art facility including the light-duty maintenance bay and compressed natural gas fueling station - and even experienced the bus wash first-hand.

ART is growing and provided more than 3.4 million rides on 17 bus routes over the past year. Fleet and service expansion is planned for the next 10 years. The facility provides crucial storage space for 25 of 65 buses, fueling, maintenance and wash services for the entire ART fleet.

"Finding space for County services is one of the biggest challenges facing our growing community," said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. "The opening of this multi-purpose facility represents our investment in the next generation of growth for our bus system — and represents one of our success stories."

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Washing and fueling services for ART buses had been contracted from an adjacent Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) facility at a higher cost and with restricted hours. The new facility now provides more flexibility for how ART fuels and maintains its vehicles.

The surrounding streetscape has also been upgraded to improves the facility's functionality and appearance.

More information: projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/art-bus-facility