The Metro board is expected to approve the sale of the Ballston bus garage property for $25 million at their 9/24 meeting. At just over 4 acres, it will become part of the property that will be home to the new DARPA building. Check out the past WLDC article about the building here. Talk about a way to make some quick cash! Does this mean no fare increases for a few years? Hah. Right.
This story hits pretty close to home for me – I live across the street from the Ballston Metro bus garage. Or at least what used to be the Metro bus garage. In March, all of the buses moved out to a facility in Fairfax and it has sat as an abandoned parking lot for the last 6 months. It even looks a little more like a prison playground or something. But I do find it oddly touching that someone spray painted the years of operation of the garage on the side of it; nearly 50 years of memories happened at that little site. RIP Ballston Metro bus garage. RIP.