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VRE suggests option for Leeland riders

The Virginia Railway Express wants its Stafford riders to know there is more than one station in the county.

Stafford forked out $4.4 million to expand its two lots because a growing ridership base was filling them up.

Both opened recently. But so far only one of them is full.

The expanded lot on Leeland Road opened in September and those new spots were quickly filled.

The Brooke Road station opened its additional 234-space section in December. There’s still room available.

VRE wants riders to consider using the Brooke station, especially if they can’t find a spot in the Leeland lot.

“It is a simple 5 mile drive, the trains leave from Brooke about 7 minutes later than from Leeland, and you get back to your car 8-9 minutes earlier for your return home,” VRE said in its notice.

The Leeland station is at 275 Leeland Road. The Brooke station is at 1721 Brooke Road.

With about 1,500 riders, Stafford has the third-highest total of VRE riders in the commuter rail provider’s service area, according to VRE statistics. Spotsylvania has just under 1,000 VRE riders and Fredericksburg just over 300.

Fredericksburg VRE lots are constantly full. Spotsylvania doesn’t yet offer VRE parking, but will once its station opens, which is scheduled to happen in late 2013.

VRE would like to see more commuters using the Brooke station instead of the Leeland station. Both lots were recently expanded, but Leeland is already full, while Brooke has space available.

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