Construction of VRE Station in Spotsylvania About to Begin
– August 8, 2014 9:30 am
A week after Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke ground for a new Virginia Railway Express station in Woodbridge, construction of another station is about to begin in Spotsylvania.
Here’s the latest information form Virginia Railway Express:
Spotsylvania County and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) have begun construction on a new VRE commuter rail station in Spotsylvania. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) filed a Certificate of Take on July 1, 2014 which provided legal access to the property so that VRE could begin construction on the station and Spotsylvania could proceed with issuing a competitive procurement for the construction of a 1,500 space parking lot.
The station will be located southwest of Route 17 and Crossroads Parkway. “We’ve been waiting a long time to acquire the land and begin the station and parking lot construction” said Spotsylvania Board Member Gary Skinner, Lee Hill District Supervisor. “We’re thankful to VDOT for its professionalism in obtaining legal rights for us to build the station and we look forward to offering commuter rail service to our citizens.”
Doug Allen, CEO of VRE, said “The Spotsylvania station and parking will be a great addition to our Fredericksburg Line and we are looking forward to opening it in 2015. Spotsylvania will become our southern terminus for rail operations and we look forward to our system expansion and ability to provide greater mobility and reduced traffic congestion along the I-95 corridor.”
Work is currently proceeding on the third track and station construction and should be complete by February 2015. Spotsylvania has done utilities relocation, and construction of the parking lot and driveways will soon commence and be ready for the start of revenue service by July 2015.
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the station site. The public is invited to attend.
The new station in Woodbridge will be located at the developing Potomac Shores neighborhood along the Potomac River. A publc-private partnership with Potomac Shores’ developer SunCal and Virginia, the new station will cost $14 million and open in 2017.