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VRE is committed to social distancing to the extent possible. The decals we are using on our trains and platforms support six feet of separation. Under our current plan, roughly a third of our seats are available to passengers. While we have three different railcar configurations, the average car holds 130 passengers. With our social distancing measures, only 45 of those seats are available. Take a close look at a railcar with our interactive tour.
Currently, we're averaging a small percentage of typical ridership. Social distancing is easy to accomplish now and we're actively preparing for the return of more riders as they start returning to their offices. We're looking into various tools riders may be able to use for crowding alerts as soon as the fall, but for now, we recommend checking average ridership by train on our website.
We expect in the near term that our trains can provide socially-distanced transportation to those returning to their places of employment. We are monitoring ridership and announcements from the region’s major employers as to their reopening plans and using the information to guide our decision-making.
As ridership grows, we can lengthen and add trains. Before increasing service we might, for example, take our six-car train sets to eight cars. We estimate that when daily ridership exceeds 3,000 riders, additional trains may be needed, though ridership patterns could affect that calculation.
While very little about this pandemic is predictable, one thing our riders can count on in these challenging times is our commitment to their health and safety.
- Onboard Restrooms
We have received comments and complaints regarding water washing onto the tracks from our restroom cars. We feel it may be helpful to clarify what exactly is occurring when this happens.
- Standing Means Detraining (or, Please Don't Queue)
What we really want is to allow detraining passengers an easy exit, and since you can still stand just before your stop, you'll still manage to get off your train in a timely manner. However, if the conductor asks you to find a seat, please do so.
- Leaf Oil
When the leaves begin to fall, those that land on the damp surface of the rails are crushed under thousands of tons of steel.
- Mobile Ticket and Ticket Machine FAQs
Have questions or issues with either mobile tickets or tickets from our vending machines? Here are some of the more frequent questions we get from riders with our responses: