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Social Distancing Guidance
Onboard the Trains
We're working to make social distancing onboard our trains as simple as possible. New graphics will soon guide riders to window seats in every other row. Passengers waiting for their station stop can stand on floor indicators to ensure proper distancing.
Upper level seating will not be available in the cab car as our conductors frequently need to walk through that area.
At the Stations
Throughout June, we will install platform graphics to support social distancing. Expect these graphics at your station soon and, as always, wait behind the yellow line.
We are installing dispensers of hand sanitizer on our trains and at the stations. Look for the dispensers on the platforms, in station waiting rooms, and near the priority seating on trains. Please visit the CDC.gov to learn more about hand hygiene.
Return to Full Service
We are proud to carry passengers who are unable to telework during this time and will continue to look for ways to improve upon our already clean and safe service. VRE trains have always been cleaned daily, which was well above the industry norm, but now are cleaned after both morning and evening service.
We thank our riders during this time for maintaining social distancing from both passengers and crew. To those of you who have been teleworking, we thank you for doing your part and look forward to welcoming you back.
As ridership begins to grow, we will consider adding more trains in order to maintain social distancing. We continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal and state agencies and will implement changes to our protocols and schedules as needed to further protect the health and safety of our passengers.
See VRE's Coronavirus Health & Safety Guidance.
- 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 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
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
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
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.