November 24, 2015
Bryan Jungwirth, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations
(703) 838-5416 office
(571) 238-9084 cell
VRE to Run New Train and Schedules Starting November 30th
Alexandria, VA. – Starting Monday, November 30, 2015, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is adding a new round trip train to its Fredericksburg Line. Schedule changes will be made to all Fredericksburg and Manassas line trains to accommodate the increase in service.
“Our Fredericksburg Line riders have been requesting more commuter rail service for a long time and we’re pleased to deliver greater flexibility and travel choices in the I-95 corridor. The opening of our new station in Spotsylvania County and near completion of a third railroad track between our Crossroads Yard facility and Mine Road have allowed us to provide the new train,” said Doug Allen, VRE Chief Executive Officer.
The new round trip Fredericksburg Line train provides an additional early morning and afternoon opportunity for travel between Spotsylvania and Washington D.C.’s Union Station. The new VRE schedules are being implemented in partnership with Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.
This latest service improvement comes during a year in which VRE has opened a new station in Spotsylvania County, launched a new website and mobile ticketing, began studying an 11 mile extension on its Manassas Line to Gainesville and Haymarket, and achieved the Gold Standard for the 2014 Baseline Assessment Security Enhancement Program from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for demonstrating a strong security program.
Riders can visit www.vre.org or call (703) 684-1001 to obtain schedule, service, fare and station information.
About the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
VRE is the tenth largest commuter rail service in the U.S. and is a transportation partnership of the Northern Virginia and Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commissions. VRE’s mission is to provide safe, cost effective, accessible, reliable, convenient, and customer responsive commuter-oriented rail passenger service. VRE provides over 4.5 million rides annually in Central and Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. and its offices are based in Alexandria, VA. Visit our website at: www.vre.org