Manassas Transportation and Commuting Services
Manassas area commuters use the Manassas Line of the Virginia Railway Express to travel to Alexandria and Washington, D.C. from stations located at Manassas Airport, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Other commuter options are offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. Manassas transportation and commuting services provided by PRTC include the following:
OmniRide: This bus service is a connection for riders between Prince William County, the Pentagon, Crystal City, Washington Navy Yard, and Washington, D.C.
OnmiLink: This is a local bus service connecting neighborhoods to commercial areas and commuter lots.
OmniRide Metro Direct: This bus service provides riders with a link from Gainesville to the West Falls Church Metro Station; and Manassas to the Vienna and West Falls Church Metro Stations.
OmniRide Cross County Connector: This bus service transports riders between commuter destinations between Manassas and Woodbridge.
Free Ride is a matching service offered by PRTC connecting carpoolers and vanpoolers to riders searching for reliable commuting services to and from Manassas, Prince William County, and several drop points in Northern Virginia and Downtown Washington, D. C.
The Virginia Railway Express Manassas Line has stations at Broad Run/Manassas Airport, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Burke Centre, Rolling Road, Backlick Road, Alexandria, Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza, and Union Station. The Fredericksburg Line has stops at Spotsylvania County, fredericksburg City, Leeland Road (Stafford County), Brooke (Stafford County), Quantico Town, Rippon (Prince William County), Woodbridge (Prince William County), Lorton (Fairfax County), Franconia/Springfield (Fairfax County), Alexandria City, Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza, and Union Station. An 11-mile connecting route to the Manassas Line would extend commuter rail services from Manassas to Haymarket near Route 15 with possible stations in Bristow (Sudley Manor) and Gainesville. However, this additional rail service is in its study phase. If approved passenger service would begin no earlier than 2020.
The Manassas Depot building is located at 9431 Center Street. It is also the current location of the City of Manassas Visitor’s Center. This is the 3rd station at Manassas Junction completed in 1914 by Southern Railway on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad. It was the defensive goal of the Confederacy during the First Battle of Manassas, and created the Second Battle of Manassas on August 26, 1862 after Stonewall Jackson’s Second Corps raided federal supply trains at Manassas Junction intended to supply General John Pope and the newly formed Army of Virginia. After reaching Manassas Junction and finding his supply train raided and burned, General Pope pursued the Second Corps of General Jackson to the battlefield of First Manassas. General Pope fought the Second Corps with limited success until the First Corps commanded by General James Longstreet arrived on the battlefield and sent Pope’s Army of Virginia retreating back to Chantilly, Virginia. The development of Manassas is directly associated with the intersection of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, and the Manassas Gap Railroad. In 2012 Manassas remains a jurisdiction served by rail. The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Manassas Line serves commuters traveling to Alexandria and Manassas, and Amtrak transports passengers from the Manassas Station to destinations on service routes to Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.
Use Commuter Connections for connecting to the right carpools and vanpools. Commuter Connections gives you the best commuting ideas and can get you home in an emergency through the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. It is a free service administered by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments). The Commuter Connections website offers links to Park and Ride locations, interactive transit map of Washington, D. C., ride share programs, van pool services, a commute calculator, and the Manassas Telework Center at the George Mason University (Prince William Campus).