Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Metro is preparing to be the transportation mode of choice.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is not operating on Inauguration Day. "VRE does not historically offer service on Inauguration Day," management said during their Jan. 2 online forum "Let's Talk". VRE said it decided to offer service for the last Inauguration because the D.C. metropolitan area shut down most major access points for cars to the city, and crowds for the event were exceptionally large. It is different this time. "As there are more options for people to get to D.C. that day, and less people are expected to attend, we feel we can revert to not offering service for the inauguration," management said. January 21 is also the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, a traditional no-service day for VRE. Joe from Spotsylvania said in…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Tickets purchased prior to July 1 are good for one year for rides on the Manassas and Fredricksburg Virginia Railway Express lines.
A train ride on the Virginia Railway Express will be a tad more expensive when commuters take to the rails Monday morning. The VRE's 3 percent fare increase goes into effect on July 1, officials of the commuter rail service said. Get a full breakdown of the new prices on the Manassas on the Fredricksburg lines can be found here. Tickets purchased prior to July 1 will still be accepted for one year, officials said. The increase is largely because of expected cuts in federal and state funding, according to VRE officials. The increase is the VRE's first since 2009, when fares increased twice in a six-month period. The three percent increase is expect to bring in about $3.9 million more in revenue. VRE accepted public comments and hosted …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Virginia Railway Express provides free rides for children in support of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day .
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will once again support Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday. School-age children between the ages of 11 and 18 may ride free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children 10 and under already can ride free every day. "Build Opportunity: 20 Years of Education, Empowerment, Experience" is the theme for the 20th anniversary year of the program. "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives," according to the website. "This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world." This isn't the only annual …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Board meeting scheduled for today.
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board meets today, and their agenda includes a vote on whether to approve a proposed 3 percent fare increase. If adopted, the increase would take effect the first week of July 2012, to coincide with the start of FY2013. Normal and discounted (advance-purchase) fares proposed for the 2013 fiscal year are outlined in the document attached to this article. The new per-trip increase for both monthly and single-trip Burke riders would be, for example: VRE is a transportation partnership of: The commuter rail service operates 29 trains from 18 stations serving the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors. Services began …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
New VRE track in Spotsylvania County leads to projected decrease in the amount of money city will pay to VRE, while federal and state budget cuts could lead to a three percent fare increase in July.
The City of Manassas Park is set to see a decrease in its bill from the Virginia Railway Express in Fiscal Year 2013, despite the possibility of a fare increase for VRE riders beginning in July. As part of an agreement, each jurisdiction served by the commuter rail service contributes to its operations. This year, Manassas Park will pay $556,000 to the VRE for its services, VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said. But Manassas Park is slated to pay some $40,000 less in 2013. The decrease mainly has to do with Spotsylvania County coming online next year and contributing its full allocation because of a new VRE track opening in the county in 2013, he said. Manassas Park experienced a slight increase in ridership in 2011 when the number of riders …
Monday, December 19, 2011
VRE provides information about what days its trains will operate on a holiday schedule or not operate.
VRE's Holiday Calendar Friday, Dec. 23 – “S” Schedule. Monday, Dec. 26 - Christmas Day Observed, no VRE service. Friday, Dec. 30 – “S” Schedule. Monday, Jan. 2 - New Years Day Observed, no VRE service. Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Day, no VRE service.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Someone punctured all four tires on a vehicle parked at the VRE lot in Manassas Park.
Manassas Park Police are investigating an incident of larceny and another of destruction of property involving two vehicles. The first incident happened at the Manassas Park VRE lot on Dec. 7, Manassas Park Police reports show. That's where someone punctured all four tires on a 2005 Toyota parked near the train stop, causing about $400 in damage. On Monday, police discovered someone stole the license plates from a 2009 Toyota parked on the 200 Block of Moseby Drive. The plate numbers and letters are XIY 889 of Virginia. The two incidents aren't believed to be connected. No arrests have been made.