VRE train in Manassas station.
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|System||Virginia Railway Express|
|Locale||Washington, D.C., Fairfax County, Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia|
|Termini||Union Station (Washington, D.C.)
|Opening||June 22, 1992|
|Owner||Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation|
|Operator(s)||Virginia Railway Express|
|Line length||35 miles|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The Manassas Line is a Virginia Railway Express commuter line that extends from Washington, D.C. to Bristow, Virginia. Service began on the line on June 22, 1992, the first of VRE's initial two lines. The line includes tracks owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway. VRE trains are companied by trains from these railroads as well as from Amtrak.
The line south of Alexandria, Virginia, was once owned by Southern Railway, whose Crescent train stopped at the line's Alexandria and Manassas stations. When U.S. intercity passenger service was taken over by Amtrak, the new railroad continued the Crescent service between New Orleans and New York City.
In 1984, planning began for a commuter rail service for the area. Eight years later, after many new stations were constructed, Virginia Railway Express began operating trains on the line.
|District of Columbia||Washington||Union Station||Amtrak, MARC, VRE Fredericksburg Line, Washington Metro
Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide, MTA Commuter Bus
|L'Enfant||Washington Metro, VRE Fredericksburg Line
Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus. OmniRide Commuter, MTA Commuter Bus
|Virginia||Arlington||Crystal City||Washington Metro, VRE Fredericksburg Line
Metrobus, Arlington Transit, Fairfax Connector, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide Commuter
|Alexandria||Union Station||Amtrak, VRE Fredericksburg Line, Washington Metro
Metrobus, DASH Bus
|Springfield||Backlick Road||Metrobus, Fairfax Connector|
Metrobus, Fairfax Connector
|Manassas||Manassas Park||OmniRide Commuter|
|Manassas||Amtrak, OmniRide Commuter|
- "VRE System Map".
- "NS Piedmont Division, Washington District".
- "Central Virginia Railfan Page, CSX RF&P Subdivision".
- "Amtrak Routes - Crescent".
- Amtrak (January 14, 2010). "Burke Centre Now An Amtrak Stop". Retrieved 2011-09-28.
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