A VRE train approaches the new station at Spotsylvania. (Photo Courtesy of VRE/Scott Henrichsen)

Virginia Railway Express is opening a new station in Spotsylvania County next month.

The new terminal, scheduled to open Nov. 16, will mark the first major service expansion in the system’s 23-year history, extending service south of Fredericksburg and potentially drawing several hundred new riders into the commuter rail system.

“It will be a tremendous amenity for the citizens and businesses of Spotsylvania County and points south,” Gary Skinner, a Spotsylvania County Supervisor and member of the VRE board said in a statement.

Virginia transportation and Spotsylvania County officials say they hope the new addition to Northern Virginia’s commuter rail system will encourage residents of the I-95 corridor to use transit. They are projecting as many as 1,200 Spotsylvania residents will be taking the train within six months of operations.

VRE plans to add an additional train on the line after the Spotsylvania opening.  Current riders should expect only minor schedule adjustment, VRE said.  The first train will depart Spotsylvania at 4:57 a.m. on Nov. 16, eight minutes before the first scheduled Fredericksburg departure.

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.  A station at the Potomac Shores mixed-use community, south of Woodbridge, is in design phase, and a study is underway for the extension of the Manassas Line to Gainesville and Haymarket in Prince William County.

VRE built the new station and platform, which is located southwest of US 17 and Crossroads Parkway. Spotsylvania County built the parking lot with space for 1,500 vehicles.