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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.
- Mobile Tickets
Aside from ticket purchase, VRE Mobile comes in handy when it comes time to validate a ticket. Validating a ticket, the process of applying the value of one ride from a ticket to that current trip on a train, is mandatory before starting a trip.
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About VRE Step-Up Tickets
A step-up ticket is a ticket that VRE riders can purchase (in conjunction with a TLC Ticket, Monthly Ticket, 31-Day Pass, Seven Day Pass or Ten-Trip ticket) that allows one the ability to ride a designated Amtrak train.
- New Rider Information
This message will focus on new riders and the new rider's guide that can be found on our website at http://www.vre.org/service/rider. New Rider information will cover:
- The Benefits of VRE - Infographic
Check out our info graphic that illustrates VRE's role in congestion relief.
- Understanding 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.