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A Look Back - 10 Years Ago Today

March 21, 2012 - GAS PRICES ON THE RISE: It’s that time of year when we all hit the open road and it seems that higher gas prices follow us. Case in point, when we began researching this topic, the gas prices in this area at that time were $3.72 per gallon. As o f this week those metropolitan numbers have risen to $3.99 per gallon. The Washington Post recently wrote that this was the highest price ever for this time of year, noting that many areas were already over the $4.00 mark.

John Townsend, a AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman recently warned that a nationwide average of $4.25 by late March or early April is possible.

“I am extremely concerned by recent reports that oil and gasoline prices continue to rise and gas could reach an average of $4.25 a gallon by April”, said Governor Bob McDonnell in February. He’s not the only one concerned. Paying these prices hit families hard, especially those with long commutes. One way to save money during these times is to simply stop driving.

“What? Give up the car?” you say. Well, maybe not give it up, but how about giving it some well deserved time off from your daily commute. “Gas prices near $4 a gallon tends to be the tipping point that pushes more people onto mass transit,” says Michael Melaniphy, president of the American Public Transportation Association. Mass transit organizations like VRE can purchase gas through price contracts or futures, which can allow them to pay less than market price, allowing mass transportation to often be a more cost effective method for commuters. “As people get jobs and go back to work, they get on mass transit more,” said Melaniphy. “And then when people look at gas prices, they really get on transit more.”

So, what are your options? Well, you can always try the train. We believe that in no time at all you should be reducing your stress and, considering these sky rocketing gas prices, counting your savings.

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.