Planned Service Disruption
On Tuesday, June 1, there will be a planned service disruption
that will affect morning and evening service for both the Manassas
and Fredericksburg Lines.
Each line will have a different action plan during
the disruption. Use the links below to see the plan
for your line:
Below are the most frequently asked questions regarding the service disruption.
Why Is This Necessary?
CSX has been working to install a third main
line track between Alexandria and Franconia/Springfield
(construction can be seen from the East side of the train).
Just south of Alexandria, the tracks go over the Norfolk
Southern tracks using two bridges. One bridge has one track.
While the second bridge has the space for two tracks, it
can only support one track. Construction on a new bridge has
been taking place alongside the tracks (this construction can
be seen from the West side of the train). CSX will cut out
the old bridge and slide the new bridge into place. Ultimately,
the third track will help ease capacity constraints on the
Fredericksburg Line by allowing passenger trains to pass slower
freight trains in the area.
When Is This Happening?
The bridge work will occur over Memorial Day weekend and
is expected to take four days to complete. The work will start
after VRE service on Friday, May 28 and will continue through
Tuesday, June 1.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this
planned disruption. In conjunction with CSX and the Commonwealth
of Virginia, VRE has been working towards increasing the
capacity of the rails we operate on. Over the last several years,
this has included additional interlockings (places where trains
can switch tracks), an additional bridge over Quantico Creek, a
third track near our L'Enfant station, and a third track between
the Potomac River and Alexandria. With the completion of this
project, another piece of the puzzle is being added. We believe
that these growing pains will be worthwhile.