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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.

Does the 7-Day Pass factor weekend days?

While VRE does not currently operate on weekends, the 7-Day Pass does tally both weekends and holidays as its counts down the number of valid days. The image below shows examples of when a ticket is activated and when it will expire.

What about weeks that include holidays?

We recommend purchasing a 10-Ride Ticket when a holiday is approaching rather than a 7-Day Pass. If you use a 7-Day Pass during a week with a holiday, the ticket cost is the same as four Day Passes. You won’t be at a loss with the 7-Day Pass, but it won’t provide the best value.

The Quiet Car

Ever since the debut of VRE's Quiet Cars, we've intended for them to be restful, peaceful and quiet, but not necessarily tombs of complete silence. We urge everyone who plans to ride in a Quiet Car to please review the guidelines and respect your fellow quiet-seeking passengers.

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Free Ride Certificates (aka: FRCs)

If a VRE train enters a station 30 minutes or more behind schedule, passengers detraining from that point forward are entitled to receive one "Free Ride Certificate" good for a FREE one-way trip on VRE.

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Train Delays
Train Delays

There are many reasons for delays and below, we try to highlight some of the major ones:

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History of the Railroader's Timepiece

Keeping time on the railroad began as an imperfect science. Timepieces of the very early 1800's were notorious for losing as much as ten minutes a day.

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Bell Versus Horn

Two very symbolic and perhaps widely known components of the locomotive are the bell and the horn. Both are vital safety features, however, the bell's use predates the locomotive to the days of horse-drawn street cars and carriages.

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