NVTC approves VRE projects for I-66 Commuter Choice funding awards

NVTC approves VRE projects for I-66 Commuter Choice funding awards Image credit: Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) has approved 15 projects — including two that involve the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) — to reduce traffic congestion in the Interstate 66 corridor. The two projects are as follows –

  • VRE Manassas Line Project re-establishes the Amtrak Step-Up program to allow VRE multimedia pass holders to travel between Manassas, Burke Center and Washington Union Station on select Amtrak Northeast Regional trains. VRE’s Amtrak Step-Up program was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic. The project secured I-395/95 Commuter Choice award to re-establish the program on the VRE Fredericksburg Line. It would allow riders to acquire step-up tickets through VRE’s mobile app and subsidize VRE’s payments to Amtrak for step-up boarding for 24 months. Project cost is $537,420. 
  • Crystal City Station Expansion Project will relocate and expand the station to enable simultaneous boarding of two full-length trains and support future Amtrak service at the station. The project received $10.8 million from the FY2024-25 I-395/95 Commuter Choice and the remaining funding would be fulfilled under FY2025-26 I-66 Commuter Choice, given that the project also benefits travel along VRE’s Manassas Line, a portion of which parallels I-66. Project funding is $8 million. 

The nearly $30 million in projects will be funded as part of NVTC's Commuter Choice program, which reinvests toll revenue into projects that demonstrate the ability to move more people through two of northern Virginia's most congested corridors.

Source: Northern Virginia Transportation Commission