Alexandria Station Improvements

What We're Doing

Removing the wooden trestle across Track 3 (closest to the station) and Track 2 (the island or Center platform), adding elevators to both platforms and adjusting the platform elevations to make them ADA-compliant.

How It Will Help

Today, passenger trains (VRE and AMTRAK) primarily use Tracks 3 and 2 requiring use of the tunnel or the wooden trestle. Removing the wooden trestle will:

  • Provide a safer passenger crossing of the tracks between the two platforms
  • Offer a second transfer mode (elevator) from the platform to the tunnel in addition to the stairs
  • Remove the requirement for AMTRAK personnel to escort those passengers using the Center platform
  • Add a new baggage cart for transfer of baggage replacing the electric cart
  • Add a knock-out panel to not preclude a connection to the Metro King Street Station by others

Adjusting the Center platform elevation, width and length will:

  • Allow passenger trains to stop at Track 1 (furthest track east of the station) offering more schedule flexibility
  • Adjust the elevation along the platform to meet 8” above-top-of-rail ADA requirements for Tracks 1 and 2
  • Remove the need for step-boxes to access all trains (VRE and AMTRAK)
  • Provide a longer Center platform (200-feet longer) to accommodate longer trains

Adjusting the Station Platform elevation will:

  • Adjust the elevation along the platform to meet 8” above-top-of-rail ADA requirements
  • Remove the ramp in front of the station lobby entrance
  • Adjust columns without raising the platform roof

This project will take into consideration the design for the future fourth track (the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Atlantic Gateway initiative). The new fourth track will not have platform access and will be built next to Track 1.

How It Is Funded

Funding for this project is provided by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Section 130 funds through the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) by a Smart Scale grant and by FTA State of Good Repair funds (Section 5337).

When You'll See It

 2019              Preliminary and Final Design

2021               Construction Completion            


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Last updated: 01/28/2019