Building the New Northern

Northern Bus Garage on 14th Street, NW is a 114-year old facility in need of complete replacement. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) will demolish the structure behind the historic 14th Street façade and rebuild a new modern garage. The purpose of the project is to build a safe and more sustainable facility in accordance with Metro’s 2025 Energy Action Plan. The LEED-certified garage will hold 150 clean diesel and hybrid-electric buses (75 of which will be articulated buses) and will include infrastructure to house a future electric bus fleet.


Comprehensive Site Assessment (CSA)

In partnership with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), Metro has completed a Comprehensive Site Assessment (CSA) to identify soil and groundwater conditions at the Northern Bus Garage site.  This in-depth review, along with guidance from DDOE, will inform Metro’s environmental remediation plan. You can read the CSA at the links below:


Documented Categorical Exclusion (DCE)

Northern Bus Garage will be funded partially by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  As part of the grant application process, FTA was required to complete a NEPA review.  FTA advised Metro that the probable class of action for the project was a documented categorical exclusion.  Documentation supporting the review was provided to and reviewed by FTA.  

On April 20, 2022, FTA advised Metro that a Documented Categorical Exclusion (DCE) has been approved for the Northern Bus Garage reconstruction project.  In keeping with our commitment to the community, the DCE documents are now available for review at the links below:

FTA, the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, and WMATA executed a Memorandum of Agreement to document actions to minimize and mitigate adverse effects to the Northern Bus Garage historic structure.


Project Schedule

Clark Construction Group has been selected as the primary designer and builder. The following timeline details Metro's process for design, review and approval, and construction surrounding the Northern Bus Garage Reconstruction Project. Dates for the start of demolition and construction activities will be established upon conclusion of the historic preservation review process. All dates reflect the latest project status and may be updated as needed.
Awarded contractAugust 9, 2019 
Notice to ProceedOctober 24, 2019 
Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) MeetingMay 28, 2020
HPRB Hearing #2 for demolition permit review (denial of the demo permit provided formal referral to the Mayor's Agent)September 24, 2020
Virtual Community Engagement MeetingsOctober-November 2020 
Present revised plans to HPRB December 2020
Begin Mayor's Agent processJanuary 2021
Mayor's Agent Record of DecisionSeptember 2021
Completed Section 106December 2021
Documented Categorical Exclusion ApprovedApril 20, 2022
Demolition startTBD
Construction startTBD
Project completion TBD