RIDE Issue 3, 2021

ISSUE 3, 2021
Image: The construction team for the Lifecycle Overhaul and Upgrade Facility Upgrade project began to pour/spread sub ballast for the additional tracks 9 and 10.

RIDE is an award-winning magazine designed to provide service and community updates. In line with other VRE COVID-19 mitigation efforts, this issue of RIDE will be electronic-only.

Message from the CEO

Circle June 1 on your calendar. That’s when VRE will resume a full-service schedule. As more people return to the office, we recognize our reduced-service schedule may not be a good fit for their commutes. Convenience is important and we are pleased to give passengers additional travel options. Read more.

Reminder: Transit Benefits

Before restarting their commutes, passengers using SmartBenefits need to make sure they have SmartBenefits available for their ticket purchases. Transerve card users need to view their accounts online. Any questions regarding Transit Benefits balances need to be directed to respective Transit Benefits Coordinators. Read more tips to ensure your transit benefits are in place before your return to the office.

Full-Size Bikes Currently Accepted on All VRE Trains 

May is National Bike Month and VRE is currently accepting full-size bicycles on all trains! VRE will continue to accept full-size bikes on all trains until ridership rises to a point where it no longer is feasible. Just check in with the conductor when boarding, then secure your bicycle to the south end bench seats using a bungee cord attached to the seat frame eyelet. Please remember passengers are not permitted to ride bicycles on the platforms or trains.  

Current Ridership Trends

Curious about what ridership looks like on VRE trains as more people return to the office? Listen to how Paul Rink, VRE's Operations and Communications Administrator, describes ridership trends and explains how to use train utilization charts for trip planning. Listen to Paul or read the interview on our website.

Manassas Railway Festival

The Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is back this year! The 26th annual family celebration of railroad history is free and will feature model train displays, train memorabilia, and specialty vendors. While VRE will not offer excursion trips at the festival this year, we'll have a train on display and staff assisting with safety around the tracks. Hope to see you at the Manassas station on Saturday, June 5 from 10am-3pm!

VRE Mobile Positioned for Future Enhancements

VRE Mobile looks different than it did in 2020 and there are some great reasons why. VRE is positioning the VRE Mobile app for some new integrations as well as regional collaboration. Listen to Chris Henry, VRE's Director of Rail Operations, speak about the anticipated enhancements or read his interview on