Take the 2020 Census
While you’re taking a break between Zoom conferences, go online and fill out your census form. Go to my2020census.gov to begin, using the information mailed to your home. Respond by April 1.
Feedback Wanted: Shirlington Special General Land Use Plan (GLUP)
Arlington County is seeking community input on the updated Vision and Guiding Principles for the Shirlington Special General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Study. Share your feedback here by April 8.
In a March 20 letter to Arlington County’s Long Range Planning Committee, the FCA outlined concerns about a proposal to increase density in Shirlington, while also pointing out the value of a vibrant commercial area to Fairlington residents. FCA urges the county to look more broadly at a larger geographic area than just Shirlington and consider the cumulative impact of increased density across a number of areas near Fairlington.
All Fairlington Bulletin
Read the April 2020 All Fairlington Bulletin.
April 8 FCA Meeting: No Speaker or In-Person Meeting
The next FCA meeting will be a remote online working session of the executive board.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Shirlington Circle Extended Closure
Extended closures will continue at Shirlington Circle beginning Sunday, March 29. The northern section of the circle will close beginning at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday night, March 29, until as late as 6 p.m. on Thursday night, April 2. Travelers driving north on the I-395 general purpose lanes will not be able to access Shirlington from Exit 6. Travelers driving north on North Quaker Lane will not be able to access Shirlington or the I-395 Express Lanes from the Shirlington Circle, but will be able to access the I-395 general purpose lanes. Learn more about these closures.
Fairlington 5K postponed
The Fairlington 5K race and auction, originally scheduled for later this month, has been postponed due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Organizers hope to reschedule both the silent auction and the 5K road race to a date in September, 2020. More details will be published in the Bulletin as they become available.
Farmers Market Update
The Fairlington Farmers Market’s planned opening day of May 3 may change due to the COVID-19 situation. For updates, please visit fairlingtonfarmersmarket.org or
follow Fairlington Farmers Market on Facebook.
FCA Letter on WMATA Budget Proposal
Read the FCA letter to WMATA regarding retaining the proposed budget 7Y bus line and postponing the 22A/C service changes. As part of the Metro budget process, there was a proposal to restructure and/or cancel several Metrobus lines that serve Fairlington.
Here is a summary of the proposed changes; any service changes adopted by WMATA would go into affect by about July 1:
- Metrobus Route 7Y, which serves North Fairlington, is proposed to terminate at the Pentagon instead of going into DC to Farragut Square. Ridership is good; but WMATA’s reasoning is to reduce duplication of service. Riders would need to transfer to Metrorail instead. Subsidy for the current route extension is $342K annually.
- During peak hours, Metrobus Route 22C would be replaced by additional 22F trips which would keep the current 10 minute headway between buses in South Fairlington. This is a minor change for most and could offer improved schedule reliability. However, there are some riders who prefer the current 22C route to avoid crowding on the 7 route. Also, there would not be direct bus service from Fairlington to Ballston.
- Metrobus 22A and 22C service would be cancelled for off-peak hours and weekends. Ridership is low in South Fairlington during the off-peaks, but the community has long enjoyed access to/from Metrorail provided by this service. Subsidy for the current 22A/C route is $1.23M annually. During off peak hours, bus service would be available with a walk to the Route 7 in North Fairlington, as well as the Alexandria DASH bus service at Bradlee Center or Park Fairfax.
What is the Fairlington Citizens Association?
The Fairlington Citizens Association (FCA) is about you. All residents are members and an executive board is elected annually. The FCA’s mission is to promote activities that make Fairlington a better community in which to live by serving as a forum for discussion of residents’ concerns and by representing Fairlington’s views to local government.