Recent Blog Posts
We've temporarily lowered the cost of a single-ride Amtrak Step-Up ticket from $8 to $4!
While VRE is unable to run additional or longer trains, the temporary reduction is part of VRE’s effort to accommodate Metrorail passengers during this summer’s closure of six stations south of National Airport for platform repairs.
Please note as of October 1, 2019, Step-Up tickets have returned to their regular price.
- 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.
- What is the "S" Schedule?
The "S" stands for "special". Trains marked with an "S" operate every VRE service day, and they are the only trains that operate when VRE is on its "S" schedule.
- VRE Prepares for Winter Weather
As always during winter weather, safety is our main priority. While we work diligently to keep the trains operating and on-time, inclement weather can impact our ability to provide normal service.
- Types of Common Rail Systems
Given rail transport's tremendous efficiency and cost effectiveness, there are many different forms of rail in use today. Ranging from small to large, they all serve a basic purpose: to move people and freight. Here is a basic overview of the railroad industry's main components.
- Rail Jargon 101
See definitions for ballast, cab, continuous rail, and more.