Franconia–Springfield (WMATA station)

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Franconia–Springfield
VREX commuter rail station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Franc-Springd platform, inbound end.jpg
Washington Metro platform
Station statistics
Address 6880 Frontier Drive
Springfield, VA 22150
Coordinates 38°45′58″N 77°10′07″W / 38.765992°N 77.168607°W / 38.765992; -77.168607Coordinates: 38°45′58″N 77°10′07″W / 38.765992°N 77.168607°W / 38.765992; -77.168607
Line(s)

Metro:
Blue Line Blue Line
Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only)

Virginia Railway Express:
Connections Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 171, 231, 232, 301, 303, 304, 305, 310, 321, 322, 331, 332, 380, 401
Bus transport Metrobus: 18R, 18S, S90, S91
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Bus transport Greyhound
Platforms 1 island platform (Metro)
2 side platforms (VRE)
Tracks 4 (2 for each service)
Parking 5,069 spaces
Bicycle facilities 36 racks, 20 lockers
Other information
Opened June 29, 1997; 17 years ago (1997-06-29)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code J03 (WMATA)
Owned by WMATA
Fare zone Zone 3 (VREX)
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Terminus Blue Line
Virginia Railway Express
Fredericksburg Line

Franconia–Springfield is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Springfield, Virginia, United States. The station was opened on June 29, 1997, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue Line, it is the southwestern terminus of the Blue Line, and is located at the junction of Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Frontier Drive. The station serves a suburban area and is mostly used for commuters, with 5,069 spaces in Metro's biggest parking garage. It is a major transit hub, providing not only Metro service, but also Virginia Railway Express, Metrobus, and local and intercity bus service, including Greyhound busses. It also served as an Amtrak station for the Northeast Regional line between 1997 and 2010. Amtrak's code for the station was "FRS."

History[edit]

VRE Train pulling in to Franconia–Springfield VRE Station

Prior to construction by the WMATA, Franconia–Springfield station was the site of Franconia Station, a standard railroad station built by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad. It was built in 1870 and torn down in 1952.[2]

In 1981, WMATA held a series of public hearings to discuss issues related to the expansion of the then Yellow Line to Springfield by 1986, although the project was unfunded at that time.[3] By 1987, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission began to evaluate whether or not state funding would be necessary to complete the station as federal funding was not guaranteed at that time.[4] By 1991, funding for the expansion was secured and plans for the station, parking garage, and other commuter facilities were approved by the Metro board.[5]

The VRE platform opened in 1995, the second infill station on the system.[6] The Metrorail station opened on June 29, 1997; its opening coincided with the completion of 3.3 miles (5.3 km) of rail west of the Van Dorn Street station.[7][1] The final cost for both the station and rail expansion was $175 million.[8]

In 2003, due to increases in ridership on both the Metro and VRE lines, WMATA opened an additional parking garage on the premises for park-and-ride users, offering an additional 1,000 parking spaces, and bringing the total to 5,100 spaces.[9]

Usage[edit]

Franconia–Springfield station is currently the 9th-most used WMATA Metro station in Virginia and is also used by weekday commuters for connections to the Fredericksburg Line of the Virginia Railway Express.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Northbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only) toward Greenbelt) (Van Dorn Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Northbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only) toward Greenbelt) (Van Dorn Street)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

Notable places nearby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tousignant, Marylou (June 27, 1997). "At last, Metro reaches end of the Blue Line; Franconia-Springfield station to begin service on Sunday". The Washington Post. p. B1. 
  2. ^ Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac (TrainWeb)
  3. ^ Hodge, Paul (February 26, 1981). "Public hearing set on Springfield Metrorail plans". The Washington Post. p. VA7. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Nell (January 11, 1987). "Virginia panel to study extending Metro; State funds may be sought to finance Yellow Line to Springfield". The Washington Post. p. B5. 
  5. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (June 14, 1991). "Metro plans to build big transportation center at Franconia". The Washington Post. p. C3. 
  6. ^ Taube, Richard K. (11 August 2008). "Chronology of the Virginia Railway Express: 1964 to Present". Virginia Railway Express. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Shear, Michael D. (June 30, 1997). "All aboard Metro at Springfield; Fanfare, new features mark station opening". The Washington Post. p. B1. 
  9. ^ Metro opens new parking structure at Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station

External links[edit]

Media related to Franconia–Springfield (Washington Metro) at Wikimedia Commons