SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND ALEXANDRIA, VA – November 16, 2015 – With the theme “Welcome to the Fast Track, Spotsylvania,” the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Spotsylvania County cut the ribbon today at the new Spotsylvania VRE commuter rail station. Located southwest of US 17 and Crossroads Parkway, the station becomes the southern terminus for VRE train service on the Fredericksburg Line and represents the first extension of VRE commuter rail service since it began operations in 1992. The station consists of a 1,500 space parking lot, a waiting area with bathroom facilities, and a 700-foot platform with canopy.
VRE commuter rail service from the new Spotsylvania Station also commenced November 16, as VRE and Spotsylvania staff distributed coffee, donuts and commemorative tickets to hundreds of VRE riders that began boarding trains as early as 4:55 a.m.
Speakers at the morning ribbon cutting ceremony included U.S. Representatives Dave Brat and Rob Wittman, Virginia Senator Bryce Reeves; Spotsylvania County Supervisors Gary Skinner and Greg Cebula, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Jennifer Mitchell, and Fairfax County Supervisor and VRE Chairman John C. Cook.
“We’ve been looking forward to the Spotsylvania Station opening for quite some time. I’m happy to see it come to fruition as I know it will be a tremendous asset for the citizens and businesses of Spotsylvania County,” said Gary Skinner, Spotsylvania County Supervisor and VRE Operations Board Vice-Chairman, who represents the County’s Lee Hill District and was a primary advocate for the station construction.
Doug Allen, Chief Executive Officer of VRE, said, “We’re excited to bring VRE to Spotsylvania County. It will provide our new riders a convenient, reliable, traffic-free commute and will benefit the whole region.”
The Spotsylvania VRE station has been a joint effort with several stakeholders working in concert towards a successful overall project. Spotsylvania County and the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Rail and Public Transportation provided the funding, and the County and VRE built the station, parking and new track improvements for the CSX railroad. The commuter parking lot costs approximately $10.5 million and the station and platform cost approximately $4 million.
Seven VRE trains will depart Spotsylvania Station each work day from as early as 4:57 a.m. and as late as 7:40 a.m. Please go to VRE.org for all train arrival and departure times. VRE will add an additional train on the Fredericksburg Line and make minor schedule adjustments prior to the end of 2015.
About the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
VRE is the tenth largest commuter rail agency in the U.S. and is a transportation partnership of the Northern Virginia and Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commissions. VRE’s mission is to provide safe, cost-effective, accessible, reliable, convenient, and customer responsive commuter-oriented rail passenger service. It serves northern and central Virginia and Washington D.C. and its offices are based in Alexandria, VA. Visit our website at: www.vre.org
About Spotsylvania County
Spotsylvania County’s 407 square miles contain a mix of beautiful rural landscape alongside an energetic, dynamic residential and business community. Spotsylvania is one of Virginia’s fastest-growing counties, largely because of its strategic, desirable location along Interstate 95, midway between metropolitan Washington and Richmond. Visit our website at www.spotsylvania.va.us
Bryan L. Jungwirth, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations
Virginia Railway Express
(703) 838-5416 office
(571) 238-9084 cell
Kathryn A. Smith, Public Information Officer
Spotsylvania County Government
(540) 507-7005 office
(540) 455-8988 cell