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Fairfax Backs Columbia Pike Streetcar Plan

— On Tuesday, July 31, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a streetcar line as the locally preferred option for transit along the Columbia Pike corridor.

A joint project with Arlington County, the 4.9-mile Columbia Pike Streetcar will run from Pentagon City to Skyline in Fairfax County. The county’s three stations will be located in the Baileys area: Goodwin House, Jefferson Street and Skyline.

Based on estimates, the cost to build the streetcar line is $246 million. Fairfax and Arlington will seek more than $107 million in federal and state funds to finance the project. Both counties will share the remaining costs, with Arlington to pay most of the cost since most of the streetcar line runs through that jurisdiction. The proportional share between the two counties will be negotiated at a later date.