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Safety concerns lead to more funding sought for Shirlington bus station

$115,000 including in Arlington County manager's budget plan to address issue

Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz has proposed spending an additional $115,000 in the coming fiscal year to address safety issues at the Shirlington bus-transfer station.

“We’ve had some issues with break-ins after hours and safety concerns raised from our bus drivers,” said Greg Emanuel, who heads the county government’s Department of Environmental Services, at a recent budget work session with the Arlington County Board.

The Shirlington facility is located at 2975 South Quincy St., adjacent to Shirley Highway, and offers service from Metrobus and Arlington Transit buses, as well as a single route (AT9) operated by Alexandria’s DASH service.

More than 2,000 riders travel through the station each day, county officials said.

The station also is home to a Commuter Store, which operates weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day). The indoor station lobby is open Mondays through Saturdays from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.