The Operations Board of Virginia Railway Express (VRE), the provider of commuter rail service for Northern Virginia to Washington, D.C., has unanimously voted to advance the Broad Run Terminus Expansion alternative of the Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Study. The board’s decision was based on an analysis showing the most cost-effective means of addressing future service needs along the Manassas line.
The alternative allows for capacity expansion along the Manassas line by expanding storage at the Broad Run train yard, and potentially realigning the current station and adding new parking at the Broad Run station. A Broad Run terminus expansion would also allow VRE to add more service on the Manassas Line with longer and more frequent trains.
The vote allows VRE to advance into “Phase 2” of the project, including the completion of preliminary engineering and preparation for National Environmental Policy Act evaluation. VRE will also continue to coordinate with Norfolk Southern railroad to gain their approval of the necessary railroad infrastructure.
“I am pleased VRE conducted a thorough technical analysis with robust stakeholder involvement to provide the Operations Board and Prince William County with the information they needed to reach their conclusion,” said Doug Allen, VRE chief executive. “With the decision, the board demonstrated its vision to ensure VRE remains a critical component of the Northern Virginia transportation system well into the future, while at the same time being committed to ensuring investments provide the most value for the taxpayers’ dollars.”