Union Station (Alexandria, Virginia)

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Alexandria Union Station
Alexandria Union Station.jpg
Location 110 Callahan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22301
United States
Coordinates 38°48′23″N 77°03′44″W / 38.80639°N 77.06222°W / 38.80639; -77.06222Coordinates: 38°48′23″N 77°03′44″W / 38.80639°N 77.06222°W / 38.80639; -77.06222
Owned by City of Alexandria
Operated by Amtrak
Line(s) RF&P Subdivision (CSXT)
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro
BSicon BUS1.svg DASH
BSicon BUS1.svg WMATA Metrobus
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code ALX
Fare zone 2(VREX)
Opened 1905
Rebuilt 1982
Passengers (FY2014) 180,409 annually[1]Increase 0.19% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
toward Charlotte
toward New Orleans
toward Savannah
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Silver Star
Northeast Regional
Virginia Railway Express
toward Broad Run
Manassas Line
toward Spotsylvania
Fredericksburg Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro
Blue Line
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
toward Fort Totten
  Proposed service  
Preceding station   Transdominion Express   Following station
toward Bristol
Washington-Bristol Line
Preceding station   Virginia Railway Express   Following station
toward Haymarket
Haymarket Line
Designated February 27, 2013
Reference no. 13000044[2]
Designated December 13, 2012
Reference no. 100-0124

Union Station is a historic railroad station in Alexandria, Virginia south of Washington, D.C. To avoid confusion with nearby Washington Union Station it is usually referred to locally as simply Alexandria Station. Its Amtrak code is ALX.

The station is located on Callahan Drive in the Old Town section of the city. It is served by both Amtrak intercity and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail lines. It is located directly across from the King Street – Old Town station of the Washington Metro; since the opening of the Metro station in 1983, the city has made the station an intermodal hub for regional mass transit, linking Amtrak, VRE, and Metro with a number of Alexandria DASH and Metrobus lines.

The original passenger terminal, a one-story brick building completed in 1905, is still in use. Unlike most stations from the era, it was built in the Federal Revival style. The station was extensively renovated in 1982, with further improvements in the mid-1990s. The stone and concrete Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial was constructed at the station in 1940.


In the late 1840s, the city of Alexandria invested in at least five major railroad projects to link the city with other commercial centers and better compete with Baltimore as a regional industrial and trade center. The numerous competing lines resulted in a mishmash of rails and yards running through the city amidst various railroad mergers and failures.

In 1901, the railroads serving the region, led by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, formed the Richmond-Washington Company to manage traffic between Richmond and Washington and build a consolidated railyard, Potomac Yard. The company's plans included construction of a new passenger terminal west of the city, in what was then part of Arlington County—Alexandria did not annex the land until 1915.

Amtrak train at the station

Alexandria Union Station was opened on September 15, 1905,[3] and served passenger trains of the C&O, Washington Southern Railway, and Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad until 1971, when ownership of the station was assumed by Amtrak and the rails by CSX Transportation. The City of Alexandria took ownership of the station in 2001.

On October 1, 2009, Amtrak began running two Northeast Regionals to and from Lynchburg, Virginia, making stops in the state that include Union Station.


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