EBA Engineering Helps Celebrate Opening of VRE Spotsylvania Station
Station marks VRE’s first major service expansion in more than 20 years
Commuters have welcomed the first trains from the new Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Spotsylvania County station, which opened for business on November 16, 2015, in Spotsylvania, Virginia. EBA Engineering, Inc. (EBA) provided construction management, inspection, and materials testing for the station’s massive, 1,500-space parking lot that now serves area commuters at the new southern terminus of the Fredericksburg line.
“Having been to various ribbon cuttings over the years, this was a special one for me,” said EBA operations manager Kenneth Shirley, PE, CCM. “It is a true multimodal facility that will serve trains, buses, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians—something transportation engineers long to see come to fruition.”
Shirley attended the ribbon cutting ceremony along with elected officials, representatives from VRE and Spotsylvania County, and other project team members, such as the designer, JMT, and EBA’s prime partner, Whitman, Requardt & Associates (WRA).
EBA performed quality assurance inspection and testing for sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, site access roads, highway and intersection improvements, turning lanes, traffic signals, stormwater management facilities, and water and sewer infrastructure. EBA also provided construction estimates, surveying, erosion and sediment control, shop drawing review, and materials testing services.
According to VRE, the Spotsylvania Station is the first extension of the railroad’s commuter service in the system’s 23-year history. The $15 million station will help ease parking crowds at nearby stations and is expected to encourage hundreds of new riders to use transit.
“We’ve been long anticipating the completion of the Spotsylvania Station. It will be a tremendous amenity for the citizens and businesses of Spotsylvania County and points south,” said Gary Skinner, Spotsylvania County Supervisor and VRE Operations Board Vice-Chairman, in a VRE statement.
The new station is located southwest of US 17 and Crossroads Parkway. VRE built the new station and platform, while Spotsylvania County built the parking lot.