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30th Anniversary Logo

 

Join us this summer in celebrating 30 years of Virginia Railway Express!

In preparation, we’re happy to introduce our freshly redesigned, yet inherently familiar “anniversary” logo, which is quite literally a hybrid of old and new.

Taking vintage cues from the historical 1929 Railway Express Agency’s logo, the original 1991 Virginia Railway Express service mark retained REA’s red diamond shape with the arched lettering adding only concentric ovals to the middle while adjusting the red, white and green Christmas colors of REA to the cardinal, white and blue colors of the flag of the Virginia Commonwealth.

A secondary logo - a modern, bare-bones design of red diamond, white oval, with VRE-centered lettering - made its first appearance in 2001, gracing the nose of our on-loan Sounder equipment, appearing in our November 2004 Rider’s guide, and replacing our original logo for VRE’s first website redesign in 2005. This logo cemented “VRE” (to the acronym-minded DC commuter-crowd) as the rail service’s official nickname, thus supplanting “the Express” - the hoped upon sobriquet which never really caught on. Easy to read and easy to recognize, the modern logo would be the go-to design in 2009 for all pathfinder signs located along the interstate, thus simplifying the process of locating one of our train stations.

And now, here with 30 years upon us, we once again revisit our brand, taking the easily read VRE-centered logo and combining it with the vintage concentric ovals and the arched lettering of the original, thus combining two into one.

When you see it, new, old or in between, we simply want to remind you that - you’ve got a train to catch!

Seasonal Schedule
Seasonal Schedule

The seasonal schedule will be effective the first service day after Memorial Day through the last service day prior to Labor Day. The schedule on our website will be updated prior to when service resumes after Memorial Day. Look for updated pocket schedules onboard the trains and posters at the stations.

Coronavirus Health & Safety Guidance on VRE
Coronavirus Health & Safety Guidance

VRE has returned to its full-service schedule. All 32 VRE trains are running, however, the Amtrak Step-Up program remains suspended. 

VRE to Use Everbridge Starting March 9th
New System for Train Talk

VRE is transitioning to a new system to send Train Talk alerts. For many of you, no action is required to continue receiving Train Talks. However, if you originally subscribed for VRE alerts through another organization, you will need to opt-in to receive messages through Everbridge.

7-Day Pass ... Service or Calendar Days?
The 7-Day Pass: Service or Calendar Days?

The 7-Day Pass is good for seven consecutive calendar days once validated. So, rather than counting the number of service days after you validate, use your calendar to track which days your ticket will be honored.

7-Day and 31-Day Passes Now Available
7-Day and 31-Day Passes Now Available

Convenient, flexible and economical, two new fare passes were designed with the rider in mind. The 7-Day and 31-Day Passes are now available on VRE Mobile.