Franconia–Springfield station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg rapid transit station
Breda 3205 at Franc-Springd.jpg
Metro platform
Location6880 Frontier Drive
Springfield, Virginia
United States
Coordinates38°45′58″N 77°10′07″W / 38.76611°N 77.16861°W / 38.76611; -77.16861Coordinates: 38°45′58″N 77°10′07″W / 38.76611°N 77.16861°W / 38.76611; -77.16861
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform (Metro)
2 side platforms (VRE)
Tracks4 (2 for each service)
Bus stands8
ConnectionsBus transport Fairfax Connector: 171, 231, 232, 301, 303, 304, 305, 310, 321, 322, 331, 332, 380, 401, 402
Bus transport Metrobus: S80, S91
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide: Prince William Metro Direct
Bus transport Greyhound
Bus transport BestBus
Parking5,069 spaces
Bicycle facilities36 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeJ03 (WMATA)
Fare zoneZone 3 (VREX)
OpenedJune 29, 1997; 21 years ago (1997-06-29)[1]
Passengers (2016)6,970 daily [2]Decrease 10.31% (WMATA)
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
TerminusBlue Line
  Out-of-system interchange  
Virginia Railway Express
toward Spotsylvania
Fredericksburg Line
  Former services  
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Northeast Regional
toward Boston South

Franconia–Springfield is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in Springfield, Virginia, United States. The station 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, Metro's largest parking garage. It is a major transit hub, providing not only Metro service, but also Virginia Railway Express and local and intercity bus service, including Metrobus and Greyhound. It also served as an Amtrak station for the Northeast Regional between 2003 and 2010. Amtrak's code for the station was "FRS."

With 6,970 average daily riders by a May 2016 count, Franconia–Springfield is the 8th-most-used WMATA Metro station in Virginia.[2]


A VRE train pulling in to Franconia–Springfield VRE station
The station's mezzanine

Prior to construction by 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 demolished in 1952.[3] Original Metro plans called for separate stations for Franconia and Springfield, but before 1979 – due to the expense and complications of running separate branches – plans had changed to combine the two stations into one. In 1979 the "Franconia" station was renamed "Franconia-Springfield".[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

The VRE platform opened in 1995, the second infill station on the system.[8] 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.[9][1] The final cost for both the station and rail expansion was $175 million.[10]

On October 10, 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.[11]

On June 25, 2017, Yellow Line trains stopped serving the station due to the elimination of Rush+, which is part of major changes to the Metrorail system.[12]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The Blue and Yellow Lines south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station, including the Franconia–Springfield station, would be closed from May to September 2019. The platforms at this station would then be rebuilt starting in fall 2019.[13][14]

Station layout[edit]

Metro platforms
Northbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Largo Town Center (Van Dorn Street)
WMATA Blue.svg alighting passengers only
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Largo Town Center (Van Dorn Street)
WMATA Blue.svg alighting passengers only
VRE platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Fredericksburg Line toward Spotsylvania (Lorton)
Northeast Regional, Silver Service, Palmetto, and Carolinian do not stop here
Northbound Northeast Regional, Silver Service, Palmetto, and Carolinian do not stop here →
Fredericksburg Line toward Union Station (Alexandria)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, station agent, overpass between Metro and VRE
G Street Level Exit/entrance, parking garage


  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. ^ a b "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac". TrainWeb.
  4. ^ Eisen, Jack (7 Aug 1979). "Zoological Park Subway Stop Name, 9 Others Changed by Metro Board". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Hodge, Paul (February 26, 1981). "Public hearing set on Springfield Metrorail plans". The Washington Post. p. VA7.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (June 14, 1991). "Metro plans to build big transportation center at Franconia". The Washington Post. p. C3.
  8. ^ Taube, Richard K. (August 11, 2008). "Chronology of the Virginia Railway Express: 1964 to Present" (PDF). Virginia Railway Express. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Shear, Michael D. (June 30, 1997). "All aboard Metro at Springfield; Fanfare, new features mark station opening". The Washington Post. p. B1.
  11. ^ "Metro opens new parking structure at Franconia–Springfield Metrorail station" (Press release). April 1, 2018. October 9, 2003.
  12. ^ "June 25 Fare Service Changes Printable Brochure" (PDF). WMATA. 2017.
  13. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "Metro plans 'summer shutdown' on Blue, Yellow lines next year". WTOP. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

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