Transportation

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. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County has spent more money than any other jurisdiction on roadway infrastructure over the past 25 years.  Over the last five years alone, Prince William County’s Capital improvement Program (CIP) budget for transportation has been $363 million. Major recent road projects in Prince William County include:

  • Route 29/Linton Hall Road interchange was completed in November 2015 at a cost of $230 million.

  • The I-66 and Route 15 Interchange Reconstruction opened two of the three lanes in January 2017, with full completion expected in Summer 2017. Estimated total cost of this project is $59 million.

  • Route 1 Widening in Prince William County is currently under construction. At an estimated cost of $167.8 million, this project will underground utilities and widen from four to six lanes in part of Prince William County.

  • I-66 Widening from Gainesville to Haymarket is ongoing and is estimated to cost $64.5 million to complete. The project added one HOV and one regular lane in each direction from Route 29 in Gainesville to Route 15 in Haymarket.

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 with access to 56% of the U.S. population within a day’s drive.  VA highway 234 and the Prince William Parkway each provide a four-lane divided highway, which connect both interstates. 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. These express lanes extend through the entire county and offer High Occupancy Toll (HOT) 3+ passengers access to the lanes free of charge.

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.

Airports
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.

Railways
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.  

Ports
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 Virginia Inland Port, located approximately 40 miles from Prince William County, is an intermodal facility strategically located off I-81 and I-66. The terminal is serviced by 17,820 feet of rail track that runs adjacent to Norfolk Southern‘s Crescent Corridor, which runs through Prince William County. The facility is a U.S. Customs-designated port of entry, and the full range of customs functions is available to customers.