Ballston Multimodal Improvements


4230 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201  View Map

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Ballston Multimodal Rendering Project

Construction Update - October 2021

Phase 1

Phase 1 along Fairfax Drive is substantially completed with 4 new bus bays open to bus operations. The planter areas and other bus stop amenities, such as new shelter benches, light fixtures and more, will be installed and completed by the contractor in later phases of the project. Some of the bus shelters temporarily have repurposed benches, and these will be replaced with new benches in later phases of the project.

The new real-time bus arrival signage for the bus stops is being coordinated and procured by WMATA and is expected to be installed near the end of project; until then, temporary bus stop signage is in place.

Phase 2

The contractor has mobilized in the Phase 2 construction work zone along North Stuart Street. During the coming weeks, crews will be performing excavation to prepare the area for waterproofing work that will be performed by others.

Construction in Phase 2 will generally consist of upgrades to the transit bus area with new bus bays and bus stop amenities, plaza area improvements, and pedestrian crossing improvements along Stuart Street. Phase 2 work is expected to last several months into early 2022 before shifting to Phase 3.

Access to the building properties and the Metro station entrance are being maintained.

Bus stop changes during Phase 2

Bus stops A, B, C and D along North Stuart Street and bus stop J on North Stafford Street are closed during the project’s second phase of construction. Bus service is routed to newly opened bus stops on Fairfax Drive and to temporary bus stops on the west side of North Stuart Street.

See the flyers below for a bus stop relocation map:


About the Project

Arlington and Metro initiated a conceptual study in 2010 to improve the Ballston-MU Metrorail plaza and the operation of nearby streets. Although the Metro station area is active and provides many transportation options, these very conditions – in their current configuration – diminish safety and circulation.

Today, the plaza has aging, crowded bus shelters; congested bus bays; crowded sidewalks and public spaces; dated furnishings and landscaping; no Kiss-and-Ride location; no dedicated shuttle bus location; and a lack of wayfinding signage.

The Ballston Station Multimodal Study identifies, analyzes and recommends enhancements that will encourage safer and smoother pedestrian and transit circulation as well as improve the design of the plaza for all users.

Project goals:

  • Increase traffic safety – decrease conflicts between buses and pedestrians, improve bike safety
  • Improve transit circulation around the station – decrease the number of buses parked in non-bus spaces, improve the management of curbside operations
  • Improve access and facilities for all users – enhance bus passenger amenities
  • Enhance the design and increase the use of public spaces – increase the viability of retail, maximize green space and increase user comfort
  • Provide sustainable infrastructure – enhance the attractiveness of transportation choices; provide for low-impact development, where possible

Planned improvements:

  • Additional bus bays
  • New, modern furniture and bus shelters
  • Real-time bus information at bus stops
  • Expanded bus customer seating
  • Additional bike parking
  • Expanded public space on Fairfax Drive
  • Dedicated Kiss-and-Ride curbspace
  • Dedicated shuttle bus curbspace and bus shelter
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Improved wayfinding signage

Final 100% bid plans:

On Dec. 14, 2019, the County Board approved a $5.45 million contract with Ardent Company, LLC to construct this project. Work began in June 2020 and is expected to be complete in summer 2022.

What to expect during construction:

  • Works hours will be 6 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Lane closures on surrounding streets will occur between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Weekend work is generally not expected, but it is an option that may occur during construction.
  • There will be four major phases of construction:
    • Phase 1 – Bus bays along Fairfax Drive
    • Phase 2 – Bus bays along North Stuart Street
    • Phase 3 – Plaza on North Stuart Street
    • Phase 4 – Plaza on Fairfax Drive
  • During the first two phases, existing bus stops will be closed and bus service will be temporarily routed to stops on the west side of North Stuart Street.
  • Bike parking at the station will remain available, but bike racks will be temporarily relocated to North Stuart Street during work on the plaza.

Public Process

Construction video

Released in April 2020, this narrated presentation provides an overview of the project's construction phases and impacts.

Public and stakeholder meetings

Date Location Meeting Materials
Dec. 16, 2015 Public open house
NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.
90% Design presentation
Feb. 9, 2015 Technical Committee meeting 30% Design Review presentation
Dec. 17, 2014 Project update
Bluemont Civic Association meeting
Nov. 19, 2014 Technical Committee meeting County presentation
Nov. 3, 2014 Public meeting
Central Library
County presentation
Oct. 8, 2014 Technical Committee meeting County Presentation
Oct. 5, 2010 Stakeholder meeting
NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.
June 10, 2010 Stakeholder meeting
NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.
May 27, 2010 Transportation Commission meeting