Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The operations board approved a 4 percent fare increase.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) riders will pay more beginning July 1. VRE's operations board unanimously approved a 4 percent fare increase to meet the rising costs for its contractors, fuel, and fees to access CSX and Norfolk Southern’s rail lines, officials said. A one-way trip from Fredericksburg to D.C. will cost $11.10 and a monthly pass will cost $305. See the complete revised fare schedules: Subscribe here to the daily newsletter from Lorton Patch.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
If approved, the increase would go into effect July 2013.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is proposing a 4 percent fare increase for FY 2014. If adopted, the higher fares would take effect the first week of July 2013. The increases in the Lorton Line full fares are outlined here. The Lorton Line reduced fares are outlined here. VRE has scheduled seven public hearings in March to solicit comments. The hearings are: Written comments will be accepted through Friday, April 5, via mail, email or fax: The public hearings are being conducted in locations accessible to persons with disabilities, VRE said. Any individual with a disability who requires special assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, should send an e-mail to email@example.com or call Anna Gotthardt at (703) 684-1001 or TTY (…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The expansion will allow the station to accomodate eight-car train sets
The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board has approved a proposal to solicit bids for the construction of a 250-foot platform extension at the Lorton VRE Station. The $5.6 million project is funded by a state grant, a matching grant from Fairfax County and a grant from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The addition will join another project at the station - the multi-million dollar second platform. Both projects are anticipated to meet current and future ridership demand. Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You should. The Board passed a task order for the design of the extension last May. "The design has been underway and is now substantially complete and in the permitting process with …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
VRE riders have been waiting since December for Commonwealth officials to approve the lower rate for "step-up" tickets.
The reduction of the price of Amtrak step-up tickets from $5 to $3 for Virginia Railway Express (VRE) riders has been delayed again, VRE officials reported this week. "We were hoping to have this completed Jan. 1 and then again on Feb. 1, but we were unable to proceed until the Commonwealth of Virginia signed off on the step-up price commitment," according to the announcement. VRE monthly or 10-trip tickets holders now pay $5 for a step-up ticket that allows them to ride select Amtrak trains. Virginia officials are required to sign off on the fare reduction agreement because the Commonwealth is contributing funds from the Interstate 95 High Occupancy/Toll (HOT) Lanes, VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said. "We're still waiting for this sign off…
Friday, January 25, 2013
No train cancellations are anticipated despite the projected snow. Severe icy conditions would trigger "S Schedule."
With a wintry mix in the Friday forecast, Northern Virginians are preparing for Round 2. The Virginia Railway Express is expected to run on a regular schedule Friday afternoon despicte the forecast. The National Weather Service predicts a 90 percent chance of snow Friday in Lorton with a high of 26 degrees. "We don't anticipate canceling any trains," said a VRE operator. "We're sending out all our trains in the morning, and we have to get those trains back in the afternoon." If any trains are canceled due to icy conditions, then expect the train service to run on an "S Schedule," which means that only trains marked with an "S" will run. The Lorton VRE Station, which is located at 8990 Lorton Station Blvd., is on the Fredericksburg line…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
'Multiple internal control issues' prompt review of Virginia Railway Express management.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked for a review of Virginia Railway Express (VRE) relating to its governance and management practices. "There are multiple internal control issues that have arisen recently which are summarized below, which call into question the management of Virginia Railway Express," wrote McDonnell in an Oct. 3 letter to Virginia Inspector General Michael Morehart and Auditor of Public Accounts Walter Kucharski. McDonnell said he'd learned of the issues in question "through multiple sources." At Tuesday night's Fredericksburg City Council Meeting, Ward III Council Member and VRE Board Member Fred Howe announced he was participating in the review process. "The Governor has undertaken a review of VRE based on some …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
VRE Fredericksburg trains were delayed up to an hour due to a suspicious package in D.C.
VRE's Fredericksburg service was halted Tuesday as D.C. Metropolitan Police secured L’Enfant Station to investigate a suspicious package. Trains were delayed up to an hour, according to VRE, and then VRE had some trains skip stops to lessen congestion and reduce delays. Rich Dalton, VRE director of rail equipment and services, and Chris Henry, director of rail operations, addressed the issues in Wednesday's online forum. Their remarks about the situation preceded the usual question and answer format, and are included here in there entirety. We would first like to start off by saying we apologize for any inconveniences experienced last night as a result of the disruption. In today’s world, we have to take every threat seriously as we …
Friday, September 14, 2012
The first of three express buses will run from Burke to Tysons. Routes from Lorton and Springfield set for next spring.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a series of express bus routes to Tysons Corner. The service will use the nearly completed I-495 Express Lanes to shuttle commuters from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Lorton VRE and Springfield VRE stations to Tysons. The three bus routes are expected to run every 15 minutes during rush hours, and one-way fares are expected to cost between $3.65 and $5.35. Final fare and schedule details will be decided in the fall. “These new bus routes are a great step in the effort to reduce congestion on our roads and provide more transportation alternatives for our residents.” Chairman Bulova said in a statement. “People taking advantage of this new opportunity will enjoy a …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The new chief executive officer was ratified by transportation commissions.
Doug Allen has been ratified as the new Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Railway Express by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), according to Virginia Railway Express Chairman Wally Covington. Allen replaces Dale Zehner, who served as VRE's first CEO from 2004 until his retirement on June 30, 2012. Allen is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas. “The Operations Board felt that Mr. Allen’s background and his previous experience made him a perfect fit for moving VRE ahead in the years to come,” said Chairman Covington in a press release. According to the …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Severe thunderstorms on Saturday knocked out power to some areas and damaged cars that were in the lot after hours.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Last Saturday's violent storm that tore through Northern Virginia and left more than 100,000 without power also damaged the windows of 29 vehicles at the Virginia Railway Express Station in Lorton. "In my 11 years that I have been here, we've had some doozies as storms, but never one that caused such damage over an isolated location," said Mark Roeber, a VRE spokesman. The storm blew in at around 3:49 p.m. and blew down several trees and scattered debris, according to the National Weather Service. "That has never occured before, and may never occur again," Roeber said, adding that VRE has cleaned up some of the damage. "We've been trying to get rid of it as we can. The problem for it is that the Lorton lot is not just for VRE, it is …