VRE was the first transit system in the greater Washington, D.C. area to offer a mobile app that allows customers to pay their fares and skip a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) altogether, allowing for greater flexibility and convenience for riders.

VRE Mobile, a free download at the iTunes App store and Google Play, allows VRE customers the ability to map out their trips and purchase whatever ticket option works for them, whether they need a monthly pass or a ticket for a single ride. Utilizing the tool allows VRE customers to purchase tickets at their own convenience and save time by completely bypassing station TVM’s. The app gives users the option to use two different payment options, such as splitting the cost between two different cards, and can use a riders’ SmartBenefits.

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. When in a rush to catch a train, it can be difficult to stop at a machine to validate that ticket. Failure to do so, however, could result in a summons to court and a hefty fine. With VRE Mobile, riders can validate right on their Smartphone, bypassing the TVM altogether. Riders who buy and validate tickets via VRE Mobile then need only show the conductor their phone upon ticket check.

Learn more about VRE Mobile and all you can do with the app at

Crystal City Station Improvements
Update: Crystal City Station Improvements

The Crystal City Station Improvements project is scheduled to complete the Preliminary Engineering (PE) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review phase of the project by spring 2021. The station improvements include an island platform with two entrances within the existing railroad right-of-way.

OmniRide and Virginia Railway Express Partners in Public Transit
OmniRide & VRE: Partners in Public Transit

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.

Federal & State Mask Mandates
Federal & State Mask Mandates

The President issued an Executive Order, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel,  requiring masks to be worn on trains.  

VRE Mobile Update
VRE Mobile Update
If your phone isn't set to automatically update, open VRE Mobile and manually update by clicking "Update My App" or vist Google Play or the App Store directly.
Commuter Connections
Commuter Connections

The coronavirus pandemic has heavily impacted the way area residents work on a daily basis. With continued travel restrictions for many, working from home has become a common practice. For those required to commute to the worksite during the pandemic, Commuter Connections never stopped providing assistance.