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Coalition opposes Woodson HS bus depot

Everyone who lives in the area near Woodson High School is encouraged to come to a community meeting Thursday evening on the proposed Fairfax County Public Schools bus depot planned for the green space at the high school near the intersection of Pickett Road and Little River Turnpike.

The proposed bus depot would include space for 51 large FCPS buses and 51 personal vehicles, along with a security fence, sliding gates, and 30-foot light poles. It would be accessed via the Woodson Service Road (off Pickett Road), which is also used for the front “kiss and ride” area, faculty parking, and FCPS fuel, food warehouse, and maintenance facilities.

The meeting takes place in Woodson High School Cafeteria A, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting was organized by the Woodson Parking Lot Coalition (WPLC) and will be chaired by Braddock District Supervisor John Cook.

“Community turnout is critical to demonstrate to Supervisor Cook and FCPS officials that the community is concerned about the negative impacts of the proposed bus depot: traffic, safety, security, and environmental issues,” says Megan McLaughlin, co-chair of the WPLC, along with Sandy Hoch. Local residents who oppose the bus depot are also urged to sign an online petition.

The WPLC was formed by the Woodson Parent Teacher Student Organization, with the Starlit Ponds Homeowners Association and other community residents. The WPTSO passed a resolution opposing the bus depot Sept. 14. “This issue affects the community, not simply Woodson High School,” McLaughlin says. Over the past four months, members of the coalition have met with Rep. Gerry Connolly, Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning officials, and Cook.