VRE train in Manassas station.
|Owner||Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation|
|Locale||Washington, D.C., Fairfax County, Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia|
|Termini||Washington Union Station|
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|System||Virginia Railway Express|
|Operator(s)||Virginia Railway Express|
|Opened||June 22, 1992|
|Line length||35 miles (56 km)|
|Character||grade-separated, Underground and above ground|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Manassas Line is a Virginia Railway Express commuter line that extends from Washington, D.C. to Bristow, Virginia. The first of VRE's two lines, with service beginning on June 22, 1992, the line operates on tracks owned by CSX Transportation (the RF&P Subdivision) and Norfolk Southern Railway (the Washington District).
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 on June 22, 1992.
In 2017, VRE began a $2.8 million study of expansion to the Broad Run station and layover facility that would allow additional Manassas Line service.
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