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March 2017 - RIDERSHIP REACHES HISTORIC NUMBERS IN 2017 (VRE CARRIES 100K RIDERS A WEEK): With each new year, many of us resolve to make positive changes to improve the quality of our daily lives. For some of you, it seems that riding the VRE was on the top of the list for 2017!

The boom in VRE ridership is record-breaking. We exceeded 100,000 riders each week for the first four full work weeks of the year. Typically, recent dramatic spikes in ridership directly coincide with WMATA’s SafeTrack Surges, however VRE reached these record-high numbers prior to the start of the scheduled 2017 Metrorail track work.

“We are encouraged about the conclusions we can draw from the early 2017 ridership numbers,” said Doug Allen, VRE's Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this milestone suggests some new riders are staying with us after the surges conclude.”

The first time VRE reached 100,000 trips in a single week was last July during SafeTrack Surges #3 and #4. Surges #3 and #4 closed sections of both the Blue and Yellow lines in Northern Virginia. Fortunately for Metro riders, VRE provided an easy alternative method for the stops that run parallel with Metro between Springfield and Union Station. We were delighted to hear from new riders via e-mail, social media, and conversations with our conductors, that riding with us during the July surge was a positive experience, as we hope riding with us always is. The positive comments continue as we welcome new riders through the Metro surges.

VRE’s system supported the additional riders with an On-Time Performance average exceeding 90% during January and February. Many days we carried upwards of 2,000 more riders compared to the same dates last January and February. The Fredericksburg and Manassas lines shared the increase almost down the middle, at roughly 1,000 more passengers per day. In total, we carried an average increase of 10,000 more passengers a week than the same period in 2016. The increasing ridership is why we continue to remain focused on our 2040 System Plan which will allow us to grow VRE’s capacity as the demand increases. We are focused on working together with our funding partners at the federal, state and local level to grow our system and continue to provide a safe, reliable and comfortable commute to our growing ridership.

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.