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A Look Back - 5 Years Ago Today

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.

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.