VRE Alternative in Support of Metro Projects

Worried about an upcoming Metro shutdown? Don't stress quite yet! VRE might be able to help.

VRE isn't just for long distance commuters travelling into Washington, D.C. from Fredericksburg and Manassas. We can also support commutes into the district that start as far north as Franconia-Springfield and Alexandria.

In fact, during select WMATA's shutdowns, we'll have customer service representatives at our Alexandria Station (near the Metro King Street station) to help answer questions about VRE service. You most likely have some questions now, including: 

Where are the VRE stops?

As in our name, we operate in Virginia. Our service largely coincides with the southern half of WMATA's blue and yellow lines, and our final stop is Washington Union Station. See a system map to see how our stations relate to your typical Metro stops.

When does VRE run?

VRE is primarily a commuter train, and as such, most trains operate during rush hour. Riders who live Alexandria or north may ride either our Fredericksburg or Manassas line (this allows for more frequent train times). Trains typically run north in the morning, and south in the evening. However, we do have some trains that we call reverse flow trains which run in the opposite direction as the majority of our other trains.

How do I purchase a ticket?

The easiest way to determine your fare and purchase a ticket is with VRE Mobile. VRE Mobile accepts credit cards and transit benefits. Please note that tickets must be validated prior to boarding one of our trains, per Virginia law. 

How can I learn more?

For more information, visit the new rider information of our site.