County to Buy Shirlington Road Properties for ART Bus Parking

Published on July 14, 2018

  • Much-needed support facilities for ART transit fleet
  • Site will accommodate existing fleet, projected growth
  • Purchase uses State, regional, dedicated local transportation sources 
  • Milestone in providing land needed to support ART operations

The Arlington County Board approved today the acquisition of three parcels of land along Shirlington Road that will be used as much-needed storage for the County's Arlington Rapid Transit bus fleet.

The $23.86 million purchase, made with funding from state, regional, and dedicated local transportation sources, will help solve a pressing facilities challenge as the County's bus transit system continues to expand.

"This Shirlington land purchase is an essential step in meeting our growing public transit system's long-term needs for storage and maintenance facilities," Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. "The issue of bus parking has received a great deal of attention and study from our citizen advisory groups, including the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission. The Board is pleased to take this action to meet a long-discussed infrastructure need."

The County already had been using the largest parcel of land, 2.52 acres at 2629 Shirlington Rd., to store ART buses through a rental agreement. That property comes with a small piece of undeveloped land, used for stormwater drainage, and a .94-acre lot at 2633 Shirlington Rd., most recently used by a towing operator.

[caption id="attachment_17707" align="alignright" width="300"]three ART buses, green and white ART buses parked at Shirlington Road site.[/caption]

The long-awaited purchase — from joint owners NOBE I, LLC and SHCII, LLC — supports County planning detailed in the adopted FY 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Plan and the 10-year Transit Development Plan, adopted in 2016.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the purchase in adopting the Consent Agenda. To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 44 on the agenda for the Saturday, July 14, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.

The Shirlington Road properties would complement the ART light-maintenance facility on South Eads Street in Arlington, and the heavy maintenance facility site in Fairfax County that the County may acquire.

Last year, after months of public engagement and scenario planning, the County and Arlington School Board's Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) endorsed the Shirlington Road sites for the pressing bus storage needs. The Four Mile Run Valley Working Group also generally supported pursuing the acquisition.