VA: New Prince William Project Will Help VRE

July 31--A groundbreaking will be held today for a Prince William County development that will benefit Stafford County Virginia Railway Express riders.

The event at 11 a.m. is focused on the Potomac Shores development, which will include a new VRE station, at 2451 Potomac Shores Parkway. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to attend.

The project has a Stafford connection. As part of the Potomac Shores agreement, the developer will fund the local match portion of the estimated $17.6 million platform expansions at the Brooke and Leeland VRE stations.

The platform expansions are geared toward handling expected growth in commuter-rail passengers, as well as the addition of a third track along the CSX railroad lines used by VRE, Amtrak and freight trains.

The projects call for adding a second platform at each station, on the opposite side of the tracks from the current platforms.

The current platforms also will eventually be extended to accommodate 10-car trains, the longest included in VRE's long-range plans. The plans also include adding canopies to each station, LED lights and a pedestrian crosswalk between the platforms, according to VRE.

The new platforms could be completed by 2020.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436

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