Findings from the study for possible commuter rail expansion into the western half of Prince William County determined while adding stations to the Gainesville-Haymarket area would result in an increase in VRE ridership, it would do so at a high project cost. In the spring of 2017, VRE’s Operations Board unanimously adopted their preferred alternative to the Gainesville-Haymarket Extension plan: The Broad Run Expansion.
The Broad Run Expansion project involves several elements including:
According to prior findings, there is an estimated demand for about 2,000 parking spaces at Broad Run. VRE hopes to provide parking in surface lots or structure parking that would result in up to a maximum quarter mile walk to and from the platform entrance. Parking may be proposed on the north side of the tracks which would require providing a pedestrian tunnel or bridge to the platform.
Yard expansion involves upgrading VRE’s Manassas Line equipment storage facility. The existing yard will be extended to accommodate future relocation with potential modifications, as well as service expansion plans found in VRE’s 2040 System Plan. The Broad Run maintenance and storage facility will also house the larger fleet of passenger cars.
Addition of a Third Mainline Track
The existing station track at Broad Run will also be altered to accommodate the additional rail needed for an upgraded storage facility. The track will extend from the storage unit to connect to the Norfolk Southern main line.
Expansion of the storage facility tracks may also require modification of the existing station platform. The platform would be located on the yard track, within the existing Norfolk Southern right-of-way where possible.
VRE also plans to address potential improvements to neighboring roads used to access the station in hopes of improving accessibility or mitigating traffic.
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