Manassas Line

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Manassas Line
VRE in Manassas.jpg
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.)
Bristow, VA
Stations 10
Opened 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 12 in)
Route map

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][3]


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.[4]

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.

In 2009, Amtrak extended its Northeast Regional service south to Lynchburg, bringing more trains to Manassas and Burke Centre.[5]

Stations list[edit]

State Location Station Connections
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, Metroway, 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
Burke Rolling Road Metrobus
Burke Centre Amtrak
Metrobus, Fairfax Connector
Manassas Manassas Park OmniRide Commuter
Manassas Amtrak, OmniRide Commuter
Bristow Broad Run/Airport


See also[edit]