Arlington Board Approves Columbia Pike Streetcar Agreement with Fairfax County

  • Maintains commitment to Columbia Pike Streetcar
  • Designates Arlington as lead partner
  • Covers design phase of project development
  • Includes new contract for completing planning, environmental work

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved the Columbia Pike Streetcar Project Agreement between Arlington and Fairfax County. The agreement replaces the 2009 coordination agreement between the two Counties.

The new agreement establishes the processes for management and completion of the next phase of the environmental planning and conceptual design work for the streetcar through the final design.

“The Columbia Pike Streetcar Project agreement is a milestone that underscores the Counties' strong commitment to moving this important project forward,” said J. Walter Tejada, Chairman of the Arlington County Board. “This agreement brings our communities one step closer to reaping the many benefits of high-capacity transit on the Pike and improved access to our broader regional transit network.”

The Board voted 4 to 1 to approve the agreement with Fairfax County.

Arlington and Fairfax have worked together for more than a decade to develop plans for high capacity transit service to serve the Columbia Pike Corridor. In 2012, the Counties completed a combined Alternatives Analysis and Environmental Assessment and adopted the Streetcar Build Alternative as the Locally Preferred Alternative.

Arlington designated lead partner

The agreement maintains most of the organizational structure established under the 2009 coordination agreement, while designating Arlington County as the lead partner. Arlington will be home to 80 percent of the project. Updates to the agreement also establish the share that each County will pay toward the costs of professional consultant service contracts during the next phase of work on the streetcar project. Arlington will share 80.4 percent of the costs, and Fairfax will be responsible for 19.6 percent.

AECOM to do environmental planning, conceptual design

The agreement envisions three contracts for consultant services, the first of which has been awarded under an existing task order contract with AECOM, following a competitive selection process, for additional environmental planning and conceptual design services. The budget for that work is $999,131 and has been funded in the adopted Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) with transportation capital funds. Subsequent contracts will be awarded through competitive procurements for program management and design services.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to review and take action on the agreement later this month. to read the staff report on the agreement, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #25 on the July 13, 2013 Regular County Board Meeting Agenda.

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