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OmniRide & VRE: Partners in Public Transit

Anyone who’s lived in the area for a while knows that Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. region has some of the worst congestion in the U.S. OmniRide’s goal is to provide safe, reliable and flexible transportation options while helping to reduce congestion and pollution in the area. The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), operating as OmniRide, provides a variety of mobility services in Prince William County, Stafford County, and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives and created challenges for all residents and transit agencies across our region…and across the entire country. However, one thing that has not changed for the two organizations is our commitment to providing a variety of mobility options and getting our passengers to their destinations safely. Because both OmniRide and VRE are committed to the health and safety of our passengers and staff, we have implemented a stringent cleaning protocol – twice daily sanitizing with upgraded strength cleaning products, limiting the number of passengers at a time to help occupants minimize close contact, and even created a designated seating pattern to ensure social distancing.

OmniRide’s services meet the needs of those who need to travel locally and those who commute to Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Services include:  

  • OmniRide Express and Metro Express commuter routes;
  • OmniRide Local bus routes;
  • OmniRide Ridesharing facilitates the formation and promotion of carpools and vanpools; and
  • OmniRide Employer Services, which helps businesses to implement and expand commuter benefit programs; and
  • OmniRide Access, a pilot paratransit program that provides door-to-door rides specifically for residents in Manassas and Manassas Park who are unable to use public transit due to disability.

OmniRide is honored to be able to partner with VRE to meet the travel needs of the region’s essential workers and for passengers making essential travel to employment, grocery stores, health care appointments, and more. Eventually the restrictions will be lifted, and we will begin to establish a new normal. Yet, many things will remain the same. You will still need a reliable way to travel. OmniRide and VRE will be ready to get you where you need to go when you’re ready to come back.

To learn more about OmniRide’s services, visit OmniRide.com.

VRE to Use Everbridge Starting March 9th
New System for Train Talk

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: 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
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
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 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!