Fredericksburg Line

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Fredericksburg Line
Virginia Railway Express train.jpg
VRE train outside of Fredericksburg.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail line
SystemVirginia Railway Express
LocaleWashington, D.C., Alexandria, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford County, and Fredericksburg, Virginia
TerminiUnion Station (Washington, D.C.)
Fredericksburg, VA
Stations13 (1 planned)
Operation
OpenedJuly 20, 1992
OwnerCSX Transportation
Operator(s)Virginia Railway Express
Character2 track main line
Technical
Line length54 miles
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map

Northeast Corridor
to New York and Boston
Union Station
Amtrak MARC train.svg DC Streetcar
L'Enfant
WMATA Metro Logo.svg
Long Bridge over
Potomac River
Crystal City
Alexandria
Amtrak
Franconia/Springfield
WMATA Metro Logo.svg
Lorton
Woodbridge
Amtrak
Rippon
Potomac Shores
(2020)
Quantico
Amtrak
Brooke
Leeland
Fredericksburg
Amtrak
Spotsylvania

The Fredericksburg Line is a commuter rail line operated by Virginia Railway Express between Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg, VA. Virginia Railway Express operates 7 weekday trains,[1] and Amtrak trains serve a few of the stations on the line. Trackage is owned by CSX as part of their RF&P Subdivision.

History[edit]

RF&P[edit]

What is today the Fredericksburg Line was originally part of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad (or RF&P), a connector railroad between the Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads in Washington, D.C., and the Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line Railroads in Richmond. In 1991 CSX absorbed the RF&P and the line is now their RF&P Subdivision.

Virginia Railway Express[edit]

In 1992 Virginia Railway Express (or VRE) was formed to serve the former RF&P between Washington's Union Station and Fredericksburg, VA as well as stations between Washington and Manassas, VA on Norfolk Southern's Piedmont Division. In 2015, the route was extended to Spotsylvania.

Amtrak[edit]

Along with VRE, many Amtrak trains also utilize this line. Their Northeast Regional trains stop at 6 of the 12 stations on the line and Alexandria is a major stop for 6 of their long distance trains.

Expansion[edit]

Work was completed on a third track between Alexandria and Franconia-Springfield in 2010. This track enables VRE and Amtrak trains to bypass slow freight trains over Franconia Hill. VRE would also like to add another third track between Powell's Creek in Prince William County and Arkendale Road in Stafford County in the near future.[2]

Stations list[edit]

State Town/City Station Connections
District of Columbia Washington Union Station Amtrak, MARC, VRE Manassas Line, Washington Metro
Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide, MTA Commuter Bus
L'Enfant Washington Metro, VRE Manassas Line
Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus. OmniRide Commuter, MTA Commuter Bus
Virginia Arlington Crystal City Washington Metro, VRE Manassas Line
Metrobus, Arlington Transit, Fairfax Connector, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide Commuter
Alexandria Union Station Amtrak, VRE Manassas Line, Washington Metro
Metrobus, DASH Bus
Springfield Franconia Springfield Washington Metro
Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, OmniRide Commuter
Lorton Lorton Fairfax Connector
Woodbridge Woodbridge OmniRide, OmniLink
Rippon
Dumfries Potomac Shores
Quantico Quantico Amtrak, OmniRide
Stafford Brooke
Falmouth Leeland
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Amtrak
Fredericksburg Regional Transit
Spotsylvania Spotsylvania

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VRE schedule".
  2. ^ "VRE's Fredericksburg Line is getting more triple track".

See also[edit]

RF&P Subdivision

Route map:

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