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VRE Considers Manassas Airport-Alexandria Shuttle Service

A Virginia Railway Express train pulls into the Fredericksburg train station. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/PLN]
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is exploring introducing a new midday shuttle service and a potential rail connection to Manassas Regional Airport. These plans come amid ongoing discussions about the state purchasing the Norfolk Southern Line, which could significantly enhance VRE's operational flexibility.

Rich Dalton, CEO of VRE, emphasized the potential benefits of the state acquiring the Norfolk Southern Line. "Conceptually, it's a great thing for VRE. It opens our potential operating windows up even further than they are now," Dalton said. The acquisition would allow VRE to expand service times, including midday, late-night, and weekend operations.

The new shuttle service between Manassas and Alexandria aims to fill the gap in VRE's current schedule, primarily during morning and evening peak hours. "That's an opportunity for us," Dalton noted. He highlighted the potential for providing reliable, scheduled service throughout the day if the state purchase goes through, much like Metro train.

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