Virginia Railway Express Crystal City Station Improvements

Arlington, VA

Crystal City Station in Virginia is in need of improvements to accommodate its high volume of riders and future growth. Currently, the station is one of the more highly used stations in Arlington County, as well as on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) system, serving as the destination for approximately 18 percent of VRE riders. The station's present configuration is inadequate, with a single track and a short platform, leading to safety concerns, operational inefficiencies, and limited train capacity.

To address these issues, VHB is working with VRE to provide engineering and environmental services for the proposed station improvements. This includes refining the conceptual design, developing preliminary design plans, preparing environmental documentation, obtaining permits, and conducting public and stakeholder outreach. VHB’s years of experience serving VRE, involvement in the planning and study phase of the improvement effort, and unique knowledge of the project area help to deliver an innovative design solution for Crystal City Station that aligns with VRE’s overall strategic development plan.

The reconfigured station will feature a longer platform served by two tracks—improvements that will enhance safety and reliability of the railroad, while mitigating operational bottlenecks and expanding train capacity and benefiting the overall functionality of the station.

VRE train at station in Virginia Crystal City Station Platform Passengers waiting on Crystal City Station platform as VRE train approaches


  • Virginia Railway Express


  • Environmental Services

  • NEPA Documentation & Analysis

  • Permitting: federal, state, local

  • Public Outreach

  • Rail Planning & Design

  • Transit & Rail Services

  • Transit Planning & Design

  • Transit Signal Systems Design