On Thursday the WMATA board has on its agenda
the approval of series of recommendations
to continue moving forward on the plan to relocate the Southeastern Bus Garage from its current spot at Half and M
to DC Village. The recommendations are the same as what came out of the Planning and Real Estate Subcommittee earlier this month
to hold a public hearing on the project, advertise the Phase 1 construction contract, negotiate with the city to aquire the DC Village property, apply for a Federal bus facility grant, and authorize the sale of the garage and its parking lot
(presumably to Monument Realty
, though I've yet to see any official announcement that Monument was the source of the unsolicited offer in April for the property). The plan would then be to come back to the board in September with a land transaction agreement to be executed, and a construction contract to be awarded. As I've mentioned previously, WMATA is very much wanting to be out of the Half and M garage before the Nationals ballpark
opens in March 2008. In addition to the documents for Thursday's meeting
, the background documents
from the May 11 subcommittee meeting also have lots of good detail on the proposed move, as do my last few
entries on the subject.
And also on the agenda (good thing I scrolled down!) is a request to approve temporary changes in the routes and fares for the A9, P17, P19, and W13 bus lines during July and August's Extreme Makeover: Frederick Douglass Bridge
. If you ride these buses, be sure to read what's being proposed
, but the gist is that because the detour route's expected congestion would impact bus schedules, WMATA is proposing to temporarily end those bus routes at subway stations on the east side of the river, but reducing the fares to help offset the higher cost of riding the subway.