For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 1, 2018
VRE scores high on facility condition assessment
Alexandria, Va. – During the summer of 2017, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) participated in a federally-required facility condition assessment for 19 stations, three VRE-owned parking facilities, two administrative buildings and two maintenance & storage facilities.
Our newest station, Spotsylvania, received an Excellent – the highest overall rating. Out of the remaining 25 facilities assessed, 22 scored Good, and three Adequate. Of the three facilities rated Adequate, one (Lorton) was under renovation to construct a platform extension and other upgrades. The other two are scheduled to undergo similar improvements.
The Lorton station platform extension is now complete and available for riders to use. The platform extension now gives riders access to all train doors when getting on and off even our longest trains. On Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m., VRE and Fairfax County will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the station introducing it as the first of several planned platform extensions.
As we strive to give our riders the best service possible, we will continue to maintain and upgrade our facilities throughout the system. Just last month, after years in the works, the Franconia-Springfield VRE station elevator renovation project was complete. These renovated elevators make it easier for passengers to enter and exit the station from the adjacent Metrorail Station and facilitates accessibility for passengers with disabilities.
“We are proud of the ratings of our facilities and the recognition that we are keeping our assets in a state of good repair. Keeping facilities like these in good condition is critical to our ability to operate safe and effective service” said VRE CEO Doug Allen. “The recent completion of the Lorton platform extension and the modernized Franconia/Springfield elevators improve the overall experience for our riders and that is very important to us,” he added.
Condition assessments are an element of VRE’s Asset Management Plan. In part, Asset Management is defined as a business model that uses the condition of assets to guide the optimal prioritization of resources, including funding. VRE’s asset management plan includes methodologies, processes and procedures to maintain all stations, locomotives, passenger rail cars and other assets in a continued state of good repair.