The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) initiated further study of the Gainesville-Haymarket Extension (GHX) in July 2015 to advance this important regional transportation initiative. The study is evaluating expanding capacity along VRE’s Manassas Line. Both an expansion of the current Broad Run station and train storage facility as well as an 11-mile extension of VRE Manassas Line commuter rail service to the Gainesville or Haymarket communities via the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) B-Line branch have been considered. In March 2017 the VRE Operations Board identified the Broad Run terminus as its preferred Manassas Line expansion alternative and approved initiating Preliminary Engineering and National Environmental Policy Act evaluation for the Broad Run expansion. Read more about the decision in the VRE Press Release below.
VRE Press Release Project Fact Sheet
GHX Project Goals:
- Add capacity to the I-66 corridor
- Accommodate current and future freight operations
- Provide cost-effective and reliable mobility options
- Enhance service on existing line for current and future riders
- Support local and regional economic development and plans
GHX- What Is Involved?
- Project elements include:
- Additional track and railroad right of way in the GHX corridor
- New stations in the GHX corridor
- Parking at stations in the GHX corridor
- Capacity improvements along the existing VRE Manassas and Fredericksburg lines to support the addition of new service between Haymarket and Washington, DC
VRE is undertaking this study in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), Prince William County, Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) and other stakeholders, and will build upon the information gained through prior studies within the GHX and I-66 corridors. The study will investigate possible service plans and station locations, assess the environmental effects of station construction and track improvements, and conclude in the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative for the extension. Preliminary engineering design of the selected stations and track improvements will also be completed. Visit the Project Library to view prior studies and other key documents relating to the VRE GHX.
The current VRE GHX study is anticipated to take approximately two years to complete, and it is one of the first steps towards bringing commuter rail service to the Gainesville-Haymarket area. If the analysis supports continued project development, final design and construction would follow. Passenger rail operations could begin in 2022 or later, contingent upon Norfolk Southern approval and funding availability.
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