Prince William County is located in the heart of Northern Virginia, less than 20 miles away from Washington, DC. Being mid-point along the East Coast, the County’s two interstates – Interstate 95 and Interstate 66, HOT lanes, multiple 4-lane arterials and access to three major airports offers businesses the advantage of delivery speed to both domestic customers and worldwide markets – where it matters most!
Closer to home, its strategic location and solid transportation infrastructure offers ease of access to five of the top ten U.S. markets, all within a day’s drive and direct access to the nation’s capital and key federal installations including the Pentagon, U.S. Army Installation Base at Fort Belvoir and the Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Prince William County is home to a thriving specialized logistics and supply chain industry which includes companies, such as: FedEx Ground; Martin Brower; Mondelez International; Old Dominion Freight line; Quest Diagnostics; Reinhart; and US Foods.
By road, the commuting route from other Greater Washington, DC jurisdictions and Maryland to Prince William County also provides another business advantage of a much faster “reverse commute” pattern, thereby minimizing journey-to-work time and loss of production due to traffic congestion delays.
Highways & Roads
Prince William County places strong emphasis on transportation and traffic safety. As part of the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, the County’s many transit-orientated improvements made the Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists Top 25 List of Transportation Projects in 2015. Those were: Route 29 and Linton Hall Road (#6); Interstate 95 Auxiliary Lane and Shoulder Safety Improvements (#16); and Interstate 66 Active Traffic Management System (#19).
The two major interstate highways in the Washington, DC metropolitan area run directly through Prince William County. I-95 runs north-south through the east end of the county, while I-66 runs east-west through the west end of the County. VA highway 234 and the Prince William Parkway each provide a four-lane divided highway, which connect both interstates.
New High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on I-95 now extend through the majority of the county. The Interstate 95 Express lanes were completed in December 2014 and now provide both business and pleasure travelers choices, increased safety and faster, reliable travel and time savings.
One of the Nation’s oldest highways, U.S. Route 1, spans some 12 miles along the north-south corridor of eastern Prince William County. To some, the roadway also serves as a landmark, having been the main roadway corridor from Florida to Maine since colonial times. Today the throughway is being transformed. Currently undergoing improvements, the existing four-lane configuration will transform into a six-lane divided roadway, with concrete sidewalk and multiple use trails on opposing sides. Click here to learn more.
Since 1988, Prince William County has successfully administered a local revenue bond program designed to enhance its system of roadways. Throughout the County projects are administered by the Prince William County Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Click here to find out the latest VDOT projects within the County.
By air, Prince William County is served by two major international airports and one regional airport - Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) , Reagan National Airport (DCA) and the largest executive regional airport in the Commonwealth, Manassas Regional Airport. Manassas Regional Airport is located a mere 5 minutes from commuter rail, 3 miles from the County’s Innovation Park and 13 miles from the County’s seat. It offers first class business aviation services, onsite US customs, no landing fees, no commercial competition and exclusive privacy.
CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway each provide rail freight service through Prince William County. With service to all Virginia port terminals, both commercial and industrial products and materials can be transported to and from domestic and international destinations.
Amtrak serves more than 500 stations in 45 states, and has stations in Haymarket, Manassas, Quantico and Woodbridge, with daily service to Washington, DC. The Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) provides direct access to the DC metro-rail system.
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has two commuter train lines providing weekday services to Washington, DC. Cause for celebration in 2014, was the groundbreaking for a new Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station in Potomac Shores. The station is expected to open in 2017.
The Virginia Port Authority is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, reporting to the Secretary of Transportation. The agency owns four general cargo terminals – Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal – which are all operated by its affiliate, Virginia Internationals Terminals, Inc.
The Port of Baltimore offers international shipping capabilities at its six terminals, at Dundalk, North Locust Point, Seagirt and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility.