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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.

USB Tethering
USB Tethering

VRE will not have Wi-Fi available until cell phone towers are put in place all along the route so that riders have 100% connectivity. Sometimes during the ride, however, you undoubtably wish your laptop had an Internet connection. USB tethering may fit the bill.

OmniRide Launches Real-Time App
OmniRide Launches Real-Time App

OmniRide now has its own mobile app to provide passengers with real-time bus arrival information and updates.

Use the app, and ride a FREE OmniRide shuttle to catch a VRE train!

Temporary cost reduction of a single-ride Amtrak Step-Up
Step-Up Cost

For the summer of 2019, we've lowered the cost of a single-ride Amtrak Step-Up ticket from $8 to $4! Learn more on the Step-Up page, then consider VRE Mobile to purchase your multi-ride VRE tickets and Amtrak Step-Up tickets.

OmniRide Adds Free VRE Shuttles During Metro's Summer Shutdown
OmniRide's Free VRE Shuttles

OmniRide will offer FREE shuttle service connecting residents with two nearby VRE Stations during Metro’s summer shutdown. The shuttles will begin operating on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and will continue until Metro reopens the six Blue and Yellow line stations.

FRED Transit to Start New Quantico VRE Feeder Service in May 2019
Quantico VRE Feeder

Beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2019, FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) will start early morning and late afternoon feeder bus service between Aquia Towne Center, the north VDOT commuter lot on Route 610/Garrisonville Road and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station in Quantico, VA.