Replacement of Southeastern Bus Garage
News Update, November 7, 2007
1. Metro has prepared the following documents as a culmination of its public hearing process and of its project development:
d. Final Financial Plan .
Metro staff is recommending to the Metro Board of Directors that it approve a Phase 1 bus facility, having capacity for the existing 114 Metrobuses of the Southeastern Bus Division. The transit police training facility must be postponed until funding is available.
2. On December 13, 2007, Metro Board of Directors may act to approve the project and amend the capital and operating budgets for the project. On November 8, 2007, the Board's Finance, Administration and Oversight Committee will receive a staff presentation on the recommended action. Then the full Board will consider that action.
3. Metro had considered additional funding of the project in order to design and build the ultimate facility, having capacity for 250 Metrobuses. However, the funding will remain at $66.9 million from two sale proceeds. This amount will fund the Phase 1 bus facility for up to 114 Metrobuses.
4. On October 22, 2007, Mayor Fenty of the District of Columbia issued a news release to announce that the District had relocated the family shelters from DC Village. In early October 2007, the District had relocated the distribution center of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
Since 1974, Metro has planned to replace the 70-year-old Southeastern Bus Garage at 17 M Street, SW, Washington, DC. A Technical Memorandum (Version 2) presents numerous replacement sites considered in the past but eliminated or not implemented for a variety of reasons.
In January 2007, the Metro Board established a replacement project in order to provide a modern bus facility with adequate capacity for near- and long-term. Once funded, the project will include a first-ever Metro transit police training facility, since training facilities owned by other agencies are becoming less accessible.
The District of Columbia, through its Office of Property Management and in coordination with Metro, has proposed part of the former DC Village as the replacement site. The Project Overview slides show the location and current uses of DC Village and its environs.
In order to develop the project and to inform fully the public, Metro with the District have been and will be hosting:
- Community meetings throughout the project
- Briefings of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
- Agency coordination meetings
On July 10, 2007 Metro held a public hearing on the project in order to receive and consider comments, suggestions, and alternatives on the Draft Environmental Assessment, proposed General Plans, and Preliminary Financial Plan of the project.
On October 4, 2007, Metro distributed its Public Hearing Staff Report with staff recommendations for agency and public review and comment.
If you wish to have a speaker discuss the project with your group or community or to receive our newsletter, please contact Metro at the following: