VRE resuming full schedule June 1

May 11, 2021 | Fredericksburg Business News | Transportation & Commuting

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will resume its full-service schedule June 1, increasing commuting options for Fredericksburg-area residents.

VRE has been running a reduced-service schedule since March 2020, following a decline in ridership due to COVID-19. Under the full-service schedule, VRE will operate 32 daily trains on its two lines.

VRE railcars will remain marked for social distancing, with window seats available in every other row. VRE’s train utilization webpage allows passengers to find the train that matches their social distance comfort level. An enhanced, twice-daily cleaning of railcars, and federal and state face mask requirements will also remain in place.

As VRE returns to full service, it will implement a seasonal schedule on the Fredericksburg Line. This schedule adjusts the arrival times on select trains at certain stations in the afternoon to mitigate the effects of heat-related speed restrictions that occur in summer.

The Amtrak Step-Up program, which allows VRE ticketholders to ride Amtrak trains for an additional charge, remains suspended.

VRE has 19 stations, one of which is in Fredericksburg. VRE trains generally run northbound weekday mornings and southbound in the evenings. VRE’s mobile app allows for the contactless purchase and validation of tickets. As residents head back to work, VRE is welcoming them back in the safest and healthiest way possible. Learn more at vre.org.

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