Virginia Railway Express is opening a new Northern Virginia station this summer, marking the first major service expansion in the system’s 23-year history and a key piece of VRE’s long-term plans to meet the region’s growing transit needs.
The new terminal in Spotsylvania County will extend service south of Fredericksburg, potentially drawing several hundred new riders from a part of Northern Virginia geared up for growth and development.
The agency’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget of $136 million includes a 4 percent fare increase that officials say is necessary to keep up with rising costs. The budget includes money for nine new rail cars and some station and parking improvements.
The $3.4 million station is the first of several major projects VRE is pursuing as part of its goal to double ridership by 2040. Next month, it will launch a mobile app to give riders the option of purchasing and showing tickets via smartphones, and it will add a train to the Fredericksburg Line this summer.
A station at the Potomac Shores mixed-use community, south of Woodbridge, is in the design phase, and a study is underway for the extension of the Manassas Line to Gainesville and Haymarket in Prince William County.
Source: Virginia Railway Express
Virginia Railway Express
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