RD506 - 2021 Gainesville Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Extension Capital & Operating Analysis


Executive Summary:

Item 443(f) of Chapter 1289 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly (the Bi-annual Budget Bill) directed DRPT to “…evaluate the operating and capital costs associated with an extension of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail service from Manassas to Gainesville." DRPT developed the 2021 Gainesville VRE Extension Capital and Operating Cost Analysis (2021 Cost Analysis) to fulfill this requirement. DRPT used VRE’s Gainesville Haymarket Extension Study (GHX Study), released in 2018, as a baseline for the 2021 analysis and built upon this earlier alternatives analysis with updated cost information and methodology considerations to produce an independent cost estimate.