Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Service: VRE provides commuter rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors. Service began in 1992 with 16 trains and 5,800 passengers daily. Now, VRE operates 30 trains from 18 stations. The Fredericksburg Line, which runs through Woodbridge, has carried a record high of 21,000 passengers in one year. Two VRE stations currently exist in Woodbridge. A brand new station was announced in August of 2014 to be built at the Potomac Shores development on the Cherry Hill peninsula.
In recent years, VRE has been investing in expanded service by adding cars to the tracks and extending platforms at local stations. To learn more about VRE, please visit their website.
PRTC Bus Service: The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is a multi-jurisdictional agency representing Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. PRTC provides commuter bus service along the busy I-95 and I-66 corridors to points north (OmniRide & Metro Direct), and local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park (OmniLink & Cross County Connector). To learn more about PRTC, please visit their website.
Metrorail: Supervisor Principi strongly supports a feasibility study for bringing Metrorail to Woodbridge via extension of the Blue Line in Franconia/Springfield. With the recent opening of the Silver Line in Tyson’s Corner, it is clear that major transit infrastructure projects are still possible, but require many, many years of thoughtful study and planning. Metrorail is a long term solution, but why wait to start the discussion? We need to plan now for its future.
Passenger Ferry Service: On May 6, 2009 Supervisor Frank J. Principi hosted a Commuter Ferry Summit in Woodbridge, Virginia. The summit was held in conjunction with a Virginia Department of Transportation ferry feasibility study that included a three day Route Proving Exercise. The study predicted a ridership of 340,000 person trips per year. Commuters who live in the Washington, DC -area suburbs, particularly military personnel and contractors, were considered some of the primary users of this service. To serve these commuters, the proposed service would include: Quantico Marine Corps Base; NSF-Indian Head; Marshall Hall; Fort Belvoir; National Harbor; the City of Alexandria; Reagan National Airport; and the Washington Navy Yard, among others.
On September 23, 2010, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) conducted the first stakeholder meeting for a Commuter Ferry Service on the Potomac. Since these first stakeholder meetings, a Steering Committee has continued to guide the progress for the passenger ferry service along the Occoquan, Potomac or Anacostia Rivers. A regional market analysis was recently concluded that determined the amount and locations of current demand for this service. See study information.