On Monday, Metro will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new bus facility in the Lorton area of Fairfax County.
The state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly is the start to acquiring newer buses for nearly 20,000 riders. The project will generate about 300 construction jobs, according to a recent news release.
"The new Cinder Bed Road Metrobus facility will replace Metro’s nearly 70-year-old Royal Street Bus Garage, which has far exceeded its useful life and cannot accommodate the newer buses in Metro’s fleet," according to WMATA.
The buses used to transport about 18,000 riders daily from the Royal Street Bus Garage are about 13 years old. The new facility will enable Metro to run modern buses on these routes.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at 7901 Cinder Bed Rd in Lorton.
Local officials expected to attend include Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, U.S. House Representative Jim Moran, Fairfax County Supervisor and WMATA Board Member Catherine Hudgins, Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay and Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles.