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OmniRide will offer FREE shuttle service connecting residents with two nearby Virginia Railway Express (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 that are scheduled to undergo major repairs.
The Dale City shuttle will start at the Dale City Commuter Lot at Minnieville Road and Gemini Way. It will serve multiple stops along Dale Boulevard before connecting riders with the Rippon VRE Station.
The Lake Ridge shuttle will start at the Tackett’s Mill Commuter Lot at Old Bridge Road and Minnieville Road. It will serve multiple stops along Old Bridge Road before connecting riders with the Woodbridge VRE Station.
The shuttles will operate four trips in the mornings, and those trips will be timed to meet specific VRE trains. In the afternoons and evenings, OmniRide shuttles will meet each VRE train at the Rippon and Woodbridge VRE stations so riders can disembark from the train and ride the shuttle back to their neighborhoods and/or commuter lots. Shuttle service timetables and maps are posted at OmniRide.com.
“VRE is a tremendous resource for Prince William County, and it serves some of the same destinations as the six Metro stations that will be closed all summer. OmniRide is happy to work with our friends at VRE to lighten the burden of commuting during Metro’s summer shutdown,” said PRTC Board Chair Ruth Anderson.
As an added benefit, commuter parking in the Prince William County area is free, so OmniRide passengers will be able to park and ride the shuttles at no charge.
Potomac Mills Mall will increase the number of parking spaces it sets aside for commuters during Metro’s summer shutdown, making it easier for commuters to park close to home and ride one of OmniRide’s regularly scheduled bus services. OmniRide Express buses that serve the Potomac Mills area have destinations including the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, Washington, D.C., and the Washington Navy Yard.
“With the upcoming closing of six local Metro stops, Potomac Mills welcomes affected commuters to access free parking in the mall’s commuter lot – available near Costco and Restaurant Plaza,” said Jen Snitselaar, General Manager, Potomac Mills Mall. “Working closely with OmniRide operators, our hope is to provide convenience to commuters, while keeping the roads clear and safe throughout the work period. Not to mention, no better way to break up a commute than easy access to great shopping!”
- VRE to Use Everbridge Starting March 9th
VRE is transitioning to a new system to send Train Talk alerts. For many of you, no action is required to continue receiving Train Talks. However, if you originally subscribed for VRE alerts through another organization, you will need to opt-in to receive messages through Everbridge.
- 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!