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Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

VRE railcars are disinfected twice a day, after morning and evening service, with special attention given to frequently touched surfaces.

 

Preparing for the Next Day's Morning Service

Overnight cleanings now use acidic electrolyzed water, a potent yet nonirritating disinfectant that kills viruses, even those more resilient to disinfection, and bacteria. The hypochlorous acid produced by electrolyzing the water can be 100 times more powerful than the hypochlorite ion in bleach, yet it does not irritate the eyes and skin and does not damage fabric and metal. Hypochlorous acid relies on a process called lysis to kill viruses and bacteria. The acid causes the cell’s membrane to rupture, resulting in its death.

Our new enhanced cleaning system is environmentally friendly, using only salt, tap water, and electricity. By generating our cleaning solution on site and on demand, we eliminate the environmental impact from the distribution and disposal of hazardous conventional chemicals, while creating a healthy indoor environment.

The Benefits of VRE - Infographic

Check out our info graphic that illustrates VRE's role in congestion relief. 

Understanding the Need for Heat Restrictions
The Need for Heat Restrictions

Steel rails slowly expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall. With a substantial change in temperature, even in early March, there can be heat restrictions.

What is the "S" Schedule?

The "S" stands for "special." Trains marked with an "S" operate every VRE service day, and they are the only trains that operate when VRE is on its "S" schedule.

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VRE Prepares for Winter Weather

As always during winter weather, safety is our main priority. While we work diligently to keep the trains operating and on-time, inclement weather can impact our ability to provide normal service.

Types of Common Rail Systems

Given rail transport's tremendous efficiency and cost effectiveness, there are many different forms of rail in use today. Ranging from small to large, they all serve a basic purpose: to move people and freight. Here is a basic overview of the railroad industry's main components.

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