Transportation News & Notes


Metro's first battery-electric bus on display at the Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage in Lorton (Credit: WMATA/Facebook)

Continued closure of Tulley Gate at Fort Belvoir 

There is still no clear reopening date for Fort Belvoir's Tulley Gate. According to the garrison's Public Affairs Office, the Directorate of Public Works has been filling in and patching the sinkhole located across both inbound lanes of Pohick Road. The sinkhole, which officials believe was caused by rainwater erosion of a drainpipe under the roadway, measured two feet wide and a couple of feet deep. As previously reported, DPW is also restriping Pohick Road while there is no vehicular traffic and is resurfacing the parking area at the visitor's center. Lieber Gate currently remains Fort Belvoir's access point for visitors and commercial vehicles. 

Richmond Highway road bump alert

Multiple people on the Nextdoor website have reported a buckling of asphalt across the southbound middle lane of Richmond Highway between Fort Hunt Road and Huntington Avenue. The Virginia Department of Transportation has been notified about the road damage. 

FTA presentation of grant to Metro at Lorton's Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage

Transportation leaders and elected officials convened at the Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage in Lorton Aug. 30 for the presentation of a $104 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. According to a WMATA news release, Metro will use the federal funding to renovate the Cinder Bed facility to exclusively serve battery-electric buses. Fairfax County is partnering with Metro on the conversion of the facility, which will be used in part to house and charge the electric buses of the county's future Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit system. WMATA's FTA grant also will support the purchase of battery-electric Metrobuses for the region and provide workforce development and training. 

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