RIDE Issue 5, 2020

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ISSUE 5, 2020
Image: VRE rider using hand sanitizer at the Spotsylvania station.

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
Partnerships are key to VRE’s ability to provide safe, high-quality commuter rail service. They are essential to our funding, oversight, operations, maintenance and growth. Over the next few months, we will share the stories of the agencies, organizations and companies with which we partner and how these relationships allow us to better serve our passengers and communities.

Navigating the alphabet soup of partners isn’t easy. Our two parent commissions, NVTC and PRTC, approve VRE’s policies, budgets, and major spending decisions. Several agencies – NVTA, DRPT, and U.S. DOT – help support our operating and capital expenses. Organizations, like MWCOG and FAMPO, work to integrate VRE service into regional multimodal transportation plans. Entities – such as CSX, NS, Amtrak, Keolis and, in the near future, VPRA – help ensure the safety of our equipment and the tracks upon which our trains operate. Existing and future blog posts will provide insight into how each partnership contributes to VRE’s success.
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In a rapidly growing metropolitan area, it truly takes a collaborative effort that looks beyond jurisdictional lines, to reduce congestion and get people home to loved ones faster. Learn more about how NVTA works with VRE.
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The creation and ongoing support of VRE is an example of how NVTC (and PRTC) bring together elected officials from across Northern Virginia to make regional decisions to improve transportation.
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Fampo Survey
FAMPO is developing the Fredericksburg region’s plan for transportation projects over the next 30 years. Please take a 5-10 minute survey to help inform the region’s long-term goals.
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CDC Alignment
VRE is considered an essential service in the state of Virginia, and a part of a Critical Infrastructure Industry as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. As such, we entered into the COVID-19 pandemic with two primary objectives: 1.) Keep service running, and 2.) Meet or exceed all standards to keep passengers and crews safe. See how we align with CDC guidance to safely operate our trains each service day.
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New VRE Mobile
VRE is keeping up with advances in customer service technologies to greatly enhance your experience with our mobile app. We know that changes can sometimes be a challenge, and upgrading our app will be no exception, but we know that you are really going to appreciate the new functionality of VRE Mobile. We are currently in the final stages of testing the app to be sure it meets your (and our) expectations.
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