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Royal Street Bus Garage RedevelopmentBus Garage Aerial(1)

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  • WMATA announced on May 12, 2015 that it has released a solicitation for bid for the Royal Street Bus Garage. The RFP includes the Development Principles created by the City’s Royal Street Bus Garage Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, the stakeholder group established by City Council to provide guidance to the City and WMATA regarding the redevelopment of the site

    For additional information, please see the news release:

    Royal Street Bus Garage Ad Hoc Advisory Committee 

    The Royal Street Bus Garage Ad Hoc Advisory Committee was created to provide guidance to the City and WMATA regarding the redevelopment of 600 N. Royal Street, the existing Royal Street Bus Garage site. Information about the mission as well as the community meeting videos, presentations, and meeting materials are located here.  

    Background and Site History

    For background information, site history, and existing conditions (including zoning information).

    Other Information

    In July 2013, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board (WMATA) approved for future sale the Royal Street bus garage located between Royal Street and North Pitt Street in Old Town North. The obsolete Alexandria facility will be replaced by a new WMATA bus garage located in Fairfax County. WMATA plans to issue a solicitation for sale of the Royal Street site upon groundbreaking of the new Fairfax bus garage.

    In November 2013, WMATA broke ground on its new bus facility site located off Cinderbed Road, in an industrial park in the Newington area of Fairfax County. It will service approximately 150 buses, which is about double the capacity of the Royal Street facility and provide a better and safer work environment for WMATA employees. The new facility also allows WMATA to continue its conversion to a hybrid diesel fleet, as the Royal Street garage was too small to accommodate these larger hybrid buses. Congressman Jim Moran was instrumental in helping obtain some federal funding for this facility.  Fairfax Supervisor McKay advocated for this bus maintenance site to reside within his own district despite some neighborhood resistance which included a land use lawsuit that went to the VA Supreme Court. The Court affirmed Fairfax County’s handling of the matter. WMATA and City staff are discussing the process for WMATA competitively seeking a buyer/developer for the Royal Street site.   


    For questions regarding this project or process, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703.746.4666.