Crystal City Station Improvements
The VRE Crystal City station is one of the busiest in the system and is the destination for about 18% of VRE riders. However, the existing platform is only 400 feet long and serves one track. VRE trains currently have up to eight cars which require a 700-foot platform. A reconfigured station with a longer platform served by two tracks would remove an operational bottleneck and expand train capacity in the most heavily trafficked part of the CSXT RF&P Subdivision. It will also improve the safety and reliability of the railroad.
A new island platform with two platform edges will be designed in the vicinity of the existing VRE Crystal City station. Conceptual plans will be coordinated with a future fourth track currently under design by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's DC to Richmond VA (DC2RVA) project. Two grade-separated access points will be provided between the platform and Crystal Drive. The project will also enhance local and regional connectivity by optimizing multimodal access, especially to Metrorail, Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway, local buses and shuttles, taxi stand or kiss-and-ride areas, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
The current phase of the project will:
- Identify key factors related to the location and design of the improved station through stakeholder and public outreach;
- Select a location for an improved VRE Crystal City station platform based on the railroad geometry and accessibility to Crystal City area destinations;
- Identify a preferred alternative station configuration to advance into preliminary engineering; and
- Identify key environmental issues that will need to be addressed in the next phase of project development
Proposed Timeline for Current Study
Funding is being sought for future phases of the project.
Project Contact: Sonali Soneji, VRE Planning Program Administrator
Project Email: email@example.com
Last updated: 2/14/2017