Quantico Station Improvements
The station is situated in the Town of Quantico at 550 Railroad Avenue and adjacent to the US Marine Corps Base Quantico. Quantico Station is presently served by Amtrak and VRE passenger trains. The railroad segment where the station is located is owned, maintained, and controlled by CSXT, which also operates freight trains on all tracks through the station.
There are two mainline tracks through the station. Passenger trains are primarily routed to Track 2, which has a low-level side platform adjacent to the historic station building and parking lot. On rare occasions, passenger trains are routed to the other track (Track 3) when necessary due to traffic conflicts or other disrupted service condition.
Until recently, there was a low-level side platform serving Track 3 that was used only by Amtrak trains. VRE trains did not use the Track 3 platform due to its poor physical condition and the chronic flooding of its access path. When VRE trains are routed via track 3, the standard operating procedure is to position one door on the Potomac Avenue grade crossing adjacent to the station and board and alight passengers at street-level.
CSXT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are presently engaged in constructing a new third mainline track through Quantico Station as part of the Arkendale-Powells Creek Third Track Project. DRPT and VRE are also collaborating on the Quantico Station Improvement Project in conjunction with the third track project. The station improvement project will replace the Track 3 side platform with a new island platform between
the existing Track 3 and the new third track, extend and improve the existing platform on Track 2, provide a grade-separated pedestrian crossing, and other safety improvements.
In August 2016, the third track project contractor inadvertently demolished the entire platform on Track 3. This action has no impact on VRE operations (which continues to use the grade crossing to board and alight passengers when routed via Track 3) but eliminated the platform used by Amtrak. The third track contractor quickly poured a concrete slab to replace the portion of the platform that was not intended to be demolished.
VRE is designing and constructing an island platform, pedestrian bridges; extension of the existing platform; and track modifications. Improvements are being coordinated with the ongoing Arkendale to Powell’s Creek third track project being implemented by the Commonwealth of Virginia and CSX.
As the primary Railroad Operator responsible for passenger facilities at Quantico Station, VRE in conjunction with CSXT, DRPT, and Amtrak concur that a temporary platform is needed for Amtrak trains routed via Track 3 until the new permanent island platform is placed into revenue service (anticipated in approximately two years).
The proposed temporary Track 3 platform at Quantico Station is currently under design with construction anticipated, with timely approvals, to occur as early as January 2018. The proposed platform is anticipated to be placed in revenue service no later than March 2018.
Due to the proximity of the station to the Marine Base Quantico, coordination has been underway 2013.
As for the proposed improvements, 60% design for station and 90% design for site, civil, drainage, track, and retaining wall in vicinity of station is currently being reviewed and commented on by stakeholders. In addition, utility location and potential conflicts are being coordinated on site through CSX.
The State has provided a multi-year funding agreement for the project for FY 2016 and FY 2017 under the IPROC program. In addition, VRE has received funding for this project through the Smart Scale Program for the remaining funding necessary for construction.
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