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New VRE platform opens

A new platform and pedestrian bridge at the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station officially opened Wednesday, after a ceremony with Prince William County and VRE officials.

The $10.4 million Woodbridge expansion project began in 2006, and construction started in late 2008, VRE officials said. Funded by the federal and local governments, the project includes a three-story elevator tower at the parking garage and a connecting 142-foot pedestrian bridge that crosses the tracks and ends at the new 600-foot long platform. The funding also covered the costs associated with moving the tracks just slightly closer to the new platform.

Having two platforms will give VRE more flexibility at the station, since passengers now will have access to both sets of tracks -- something that could prove useful if a passenger or freight train stalls on one track, VRE officials said. The new platform will also open up the possibility of expanding service in an area that Prince William County is working to redevelop.

VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said that about 500 riders board the VRE in Woodbridge, making it the fourth-busiest station in the commuter-rail system. The Woodbridge station is the fifth of VRE's 18 stations to get a second platform, he said.

-- Jennifer Buske

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By Robert Thomson  |  May 12, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Commuter rail, VRE  
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