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Spotsylvania VRE station opening pushed back

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The new Spotsylvania Virginia Railway Express station came another step closer to becoming reality on Friday, but it won’t be opening at the end of the year as hoped.

The VRE Operations Board on Friday approved two inspection contracts and a $20 million agreement with CSX Transportation, which allows construction on the station and a new third track to begin.

Virginia Railway Express rendering.

The groundbreaking on the station could be held as early as Friday.

VRE and Spotsylvania officials had hoped to open the station by December, but it now looks like March will be the earliest opening date. The $32.5-million third track, which will connect the new Spotsylvania station to the mainline, likely won’t be on line until a few months after the station opens. VRE trains will be able to run before the third track is completed.

Gary Skinner, Spotsyvlvania’s VRE representative, said complications with needed track improvements pushed back the start of construction. The county also still has to buy the land for the station and 25-acre parking lot.

The station is going to be built in the Crossroads Industrial Park off the U.S. 17 bypass.

Check fredericksburg.com and in The Free Lance-Star later for the full story and more details on VRE’s meeting, including an update on a planned mobile ticket system.

Click here to see Friday’s agenda.

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