Manassas Line

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Manassas Line
VRE in Manassas.jpg
VRE train in Manassas station.
TypeCommuter rail line
SystemVirginia Railway Express
LocaleWashington, D.C., Fairfax County, Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia
TerminiWashington Union Station
Bristow, VA
OpenedJune 22, 1992
OwnerNorfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation
Operator(s)Virginia Railway Express
Charactergrade-separated, Underground and above ground
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
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]


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][citation needed]

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.[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 Amtrak, MARC, VRE, Washington Metro, Metrobus, DC Streetcar, 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 Manassas Regional Airport


  1. ^ "VRE System Map".
  2. ^ "VRE Frequently Asked Questions". Virginia Railway Express. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Routes - Crescent".
  4. ^ Amtrak (January 14, 2010). "Burke Centre Now An Amtrak Stop". Archived from the original on November 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  5. ^ "VRE throttles back Gainesville, Haymarket expansion plans". Trains Magazine. March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.

See also[edit]

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