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Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Study

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VRE is initiating a study (link to 2015 fact sheet) for an 11-mile extension of its Manassas Line through Gainesville to the general vicinity of VA Route 15 near Haymarket.

Prior studies looked at the opportunities and benefits of extending commuter rail service to the Gainesville-Haymarket area and the I-66 Corridor. The extensive growth in housing in western Prince William County, coupled with emerging employment centers such as the Innovation Technology Center, VA Gateway and George Mason University’s Prince William Campus make the Gainesville-Haymarket area an exciting prospect for new service. This was illustrated in the VRE System Plan 2040, which identified Gainesville-Haymarket Extension as a priority to expand regional mobility.

VRE, working in conjunction with the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Prince William County and other stakeholders, is launching this analysis to advance the extension building on previous studies of the corridor. It will investigate service plans and station locations, assess possible environmental effects and result in defining a locally preferred alternative for the extension.

The study area for the Gainesville-Haymarket extension is defined by the alignment of NS’s “B-Line” in western Prince William County. Study limits extend from Manassas Junction to the general vicinity of VA Route 15 west of Haymarket. Station sites have not been identified. The prior study looked at general areas where stations might be needed, as shown on the adjoining map.

The current Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Study is anticipated to require up to 30 months to complete and is the first step on the road to starting commuter rail service to Gainesville-Haymarket. If the analysis warrants moving forward, final design and construction would follow with a start of passenger service after 2020.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and DRPT are also studying multimodal improvements in the areas as part of the Outside the Beltway Study for the I-66 Corridor. While both studies lead to the Gainesville-Haymarket area, they follow different paths and address different intermediate markets. Multifaceted problems have multifaceted solutions, so VRE and VDOT are working together to identify complementary services to improve mobility for western Prince William County. Learn more at www.transform66.org.

VRE will be conducting a series of public meetings and workshops throughout the course of current study. Your opinion matters to us and is important to guide decisions regarding the Gainesville-Haymarket extension and how it might fit into your community.

Resources:

2015 Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Study Fact Sheet

From the 2009 Study: Gainesville-Haymarket Public Meeting Materials and the Final Alternatives Analysis Report can be found on our Gainesville-Haymarket Archives page.

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