Crystal City Station Improvements
Community meetings were held to share the Evaluation of Proposed Options for the station location on June 7, 2017 at 12:00-1:30 PM and 6:00-7:30 PM.
PDF - Download the Meeting Presentation
PDF - Downloard the Meeting Handout
PDF - Download the Comment Form
Send written comments by June 16, 2017, via email to: email@example.com
Or via mail Attention: Sonali Soneji, Project Manager
Virginia Railway Express, 1500 King Street, Suite 202, Alexandria VA 22314
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
A public meeting was held on March 30, 2017 to solicit comments on the Proposed Options for the station location, and the Evaluation Factors that should be considered to identify a Preferred Alternative. The results of the evaluation and the recommended station location is anticipated to be available in early June.
This phase of the project is funded by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). Funding is being sought for future phases of the project, incuding preliminary engineering, environmental analysis, final design, and construction.
Project Contact: Sonali Soneji, VRE Planning Program Administrator
Project Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PDF - Jun 7, 2017 Community Meeting Flyer
PDF - Mar 30, 2017 Community Meeting Presentation
PDF - Mar 30, 2017 Community Meeting Flyer
PDF - Crystal City Station & Fourth Track (Meet the Management Board)
Funding provided by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Last updated: 6/27/2017