Manassas Line

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Manassas Line
VRE in Manassas.jpg
VRE train in Manassas station.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail line
SystemVirginia Railway Express
StatusOperating
LocaleWashington, D.C., Fairfax County, Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia
TerminiWashington Union Station
Bristow, VA
Stations10
Operation
OpenedJune 22, 1992
OwnerNorfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation
Operator(s)Virginia Railway Express
Charactergrade-separated, Underground and above ground
Technical
Line length35 miles (56 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map

Union Station DC Streetcar WMATA Metro Logo.svg MARC train.svg Amtrak
L'Enfant WMATA Metro Logo.svg
Crystal City
Alexandria Amtrak
Backlick Road
Rolling Road
Burke Centre Amtrak
Clifton
(seasonal)
Manassas Park
Manassas Amtrak
Broad Run Manassas Regional Airport

The Manassas Line is a Virginia Railway Express commuter line that extends from Washington, D.C. to Bristow, Virginia.[1] The first of VRE's two lines, with service beginning on June 22, 1992, the line operates on tracks owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3]

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 2009, Amtrak extended its Northeast Regional service south to Lynchburg, bringing more trains to Manassas and Burke Centre.[4]

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.[5]

Stations list[edit]

State Location Station Connections
District of Columbia Washington Union Station AmtrakAmtrak: Acela, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter, Thruway Motorcoach to Charlottesville, Virginia
MARC train.svg MARC: Brunswick Line, Camden Line, Penn Line
Virginia Railway Express VRE: Fredricksburg Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Red.svg
DC Streetcar DC Streetcar: H Street/Benning Road Line
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide, MTA Commuter Bus
L'Enfant Virginia Railway Express VRE: Fredricksburg Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Green.svg WMATA Yellow.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus. OmniRide Commuter, MTA Commuter Bus
Virginia Arlington Crystal City Virginia Railway Express VRE: Fredricksburg Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Yellow.svg WMATA Blue.svg
Metroway Metroway
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Arlington Transit, Fairfax Connector, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide Commuter
Alexandria Alexandria AmtrakAmtrak: Northeast Regional
Virginia Railway Express VRE: Fredricksburg Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Yellow.svg WMATA Blue.svg
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, DASH Bus
Springfield Backlick Road Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Fairfax Connector
Burke Rolling Road Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus
Burke Centre AmtrakAmtrak: Northeast Regional
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Fairfax Connector
Manassas Park Manassas Park Bus interchange Bus: OmniRide Commuter
Manassas Manassas AmtrakAmtrak: Northeast Regional
Bus interchange Bus: OmniRide Commuter
Bristow Broad Run Manassas Regional Airport Manassas Regional Airport

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VRE System Map". Virginia Railway Express.
  2. ^ "VRE Frequently Asked Questions". Virginia Railway Express. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Crescent". Amtrak. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Burke Centre Now An Amtrak Stop". Railfanning.org. January 18, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "VRE throttles back Gainesville, Haymarket expansion plans". Trains Magazine. March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.

See also[edit]

Route map:

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