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In addition to the mandate currently being followed by VRE from the Governor’s Executive Order 63 regarding face coverings, the President issued an Executive Order, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, requiring masks to be worn on various modes of surface transportation, including trains. To implement the Executive Order, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a Security Directive (SD) which enforces the related Order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pursuant to the authority of the 49 U.S.C. section 114.
TSA extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks through 3/18/22. However, consistent with the latest CDC guidelines and those of other state and federal agencies, VRE has relaxed facemask requirements outdoors on station platforms.
Per the TSA and CDC orders, please note:
- Mask means a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer, excluding face shields.
- Federal law requires wearing a mask while on the conveyance (VRE train) and failure to comply may result in denial of boarding or removal.
- Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law.
- Persons must wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on conveyances into and within the United States.
- A conveyance operator transporting persons (VRE) into and within the United States must require all person onboard to wear masks for the duration of travel.
- A child under the age of 2 years.
- A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). This is a narrow exception that includes a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask for reasons related to the disability. CDC will issue additional guidance regarding persons who cannot wear a mask under this exemption.
- Operators of conveyances may impose requirements, or conditions for carriage, on persons requesting an exemption from the requirement to wear a mask, including medical consultation by a third party, medical documentation by a licensed medical provider, and/or other information as determined by the operator, as well as require evidence that the person does not have COVID-19 such as a negative result from a SARS-CoV-2 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
- Operators may further require that persons seeking exemption from the requirement to wear a mask request an accommodation in advance.
- 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
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.
- 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 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
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.