Along with VRE, many Amtrak trains also utilize this line. Their Northeast Regional trains stop at 6 of the 12 stations on the line and Alexandria is a major stop for 6 of their long distance trains.
Work has started on a third track between Alexandria and Franconia-Springfield. This track will enable VRE and Amtrak trains to bypass slow freight trains over Franconia Hill. Currently trains are often delayed as they slowly follow CSX trains over the hill. VRE would also... Read More