Dr. Gridlock: Virginia Railway Express


Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/26/2011

VRE ticket machines experiencing outages

Ticket vending machines at nine Virginia Railway Express stations have been experiencing intermittent outages since Monday.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express, Virginia

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Transit boards awaiting money for capital projects

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission said Tuesday that it had received most of its withheld funds from Virginia officials but is still waiting on $8 million for capital projects.

By Dana Hedgpeth and Anita Kumar  |  03:40 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Virginia Railway Express, Metro

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 10/05/2011

VRE chief to hold online chat

Dale Zehner, the chief executive officer of Virginia Railway Express, is scheduled to conduct an online chat today at noon on VRE’s Web site.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  10:06 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 08/03/2011

VRE to host online forum at noon today

Virginia Railway Express officials to take questions online at noon Wednesday.

By Jennifer Buske  |  10:34 AM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 07/21/2011

VRE searches for serial seat slasher

A commuter train service is asking its riders to be on the lookout for someone slashing its trains’ seats the last few months.

By Associated Press  |  07:40 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express, Metro

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Prince William OmniRide expansion considered

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission board will consider a proposal to add more bus trips on its commuter service.

By Jennifer Buske  |  11:38 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 07/01/2011

VRE to add cars to afternoon trains

The Virginia Railway Express will add cars to some afternoon trains to accommodate commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend.

By Jennifer Buske  |  11:02 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  VRE

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 05/25/2011

VRE apologizes after commuters experience major delays

Virginia Railway Express officials offered an apology to the riders who faced major delays Tuesday night when a freight train broke down and blocked the tracks heading south from Washington.

By Jennifer Buske  |  05:10 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  VRE

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Meet the VRE management

Virginia Railway Express kicks off a series of early morning meet the management events on Wednesday at Fredricksburg Station.

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:13 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  VRE, Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Members of French delegation to ride VRE

Members from the French delegation are scheduled to ride the Virginia Railway Express on Friday, getting a taste of the first U.S. transportation system the French have partnered with.

By Jennifer Buske  |  06:06 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 04/25/2011

VRE trains moving after fire

A fire reported south of Backlick on the Manassas Line brought VRE trains to a temporary halt, according to officials with Virginia Railway Express. However, the fire is reported to be out and trains are moving on time, officials said.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:39 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011

VRE CEO holds online chat today

Virginia Railway Express will hold a live online chat at noon today with its CEO, Dale Zehner, and Keolis Transportation Manager Brian Johnson. Many riders have questions about the new operator, upcoming equipment changes, frequent delays and a personnel overhaul....

By Luke Rosiak  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 02/01/2011

VRE running full service

The Virginia Railway Express is running full service today. However, add some extra time to your trip to the station and use caution moving around the station.

By Mark Berman  |  05:58 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/31/2011

Big VRE delays, Metro Option open

VRE train 308 (scheduled to depart Fredericksburg at 6:30 a.m.) is having mechanical issues in Fredericksburg. Amtrak train 86 will pick up VRE passengers at Fredericksburg, Quantico, Woodbridge, Alexandria, L'Enfant and Union Station without Step-Up tickets. The Metro Option is open for riders; show your VRE ticket to access the Metro.

By Mark Berman  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 01/28/2011

VRE running full service

VRE trains are running on their full and regular schedule this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  06:15 AM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Regular VRE service expected Fri.

VRE is operating on the "S" schedule today. Their biggest train sets, consisting of eight cars, will run on trains 332 (departing Broad Run at 7:50 a.m.) and 312 (departing Fredericksburg at 7:40 a.m.). Decisions about tomorrow's service will be made by 4:30 a.m., but officials said they anticipate going back to a full schedule.

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:58 PM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2011

VRE explores ways to improve service

Virginia Railway Express Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner reached out to riders this week, updating them on efforts to alleviate overcrowding and prevent the massive delays the commuter rail service experienced last year.

By Jennifer Buske  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/20/2011

VRE to lobby for funds to expand

Virginia Railway Express officials will head to Richmond Wednesday to lobby state legislators and provide information about the commuter rail system. VRE Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner will be joined by about a dozen others including members of the VRE Operations Board for the legislative reception, which happens every four to five years, VRE officials said.

By Jennifer Buske  |  11:09 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/14/2011

VRE #337 must board 313 train

VRE train 306 is running about 20 minutes late this morning. The train stopped south of Fredericksburg with locomotive issues and is now on the move en route to Fredericksburg.

By Mark Berman  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:51 AM ET, 01/13/2011

VRE tweaks this morning

VRE train 326, along with later trains, will use the far tracks at Rolling Road and Backlick Road.

By Mark Berman  |  06:51 AM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 01/12/2011

VRE operating full service today

The VRE is operating its full schedule today. Yesterday's snow has resulted in some ice out there, and VRE personnel have been out treating the stations.

By Mark Berman  |  06:15 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 01/05/2011

VRE train delayed

VRE train 308 is running 20 minutes late arriving in Fredericksburg due to mechanical issues.

By Mark Berman  |  06:49 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 01/05/2011

Chat with VRE's chief executive

VRE chief executive Dale Zehner will be hosting an online chat today with riders.

By Mark Berman  |  06:05 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2010

VRE limited Thurs., not running Fri.

As another holiday weekend arrives, VRE trains will be running an "S schedule" Thursday. There will be no VRE service Friday, due to the New Year's Eve holiday.

By Mark Berman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Limited VRE service today, none Friday

Due to the arriving holiday, VRE trains will be running an "S" schedule today. There will also be no VRE service on Friday due to the holiday.

By Mark Berman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 12/17/2010

VRE cancellations, short trains

Manassas Line Train 331 will be two cars short, according to VRE, so expect crowding....

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:37 PM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 12/17/2010

VRE delays

VRE train 321 will run about 20 mins late departing Washington this morning due late equipment.

By Mark Berman  |  07:05 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 12/16/2010

VRE plans to maintain schedule

All Virginia Railway Express trains will run on schedule this afternoon and evening, VRE officials said. The commuter rail service will move its larger consists to the beginning of rush hour as VRE officials project riders will leave early because...

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:05 PM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express, Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Big VRE delays

Some big VRE delays: Train 332 is running about 40 minutes late, owing to rail congestion around Alexandria

By Mark Berman  |  07:38 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 05:46 AM ET, 12/09/2010

VRE delays

Delays for VRE riders.

By Mark Berman  |  05:46 AM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 12/08/2010

Switch problem at Union Station

7:12 p.m. Update: Train 337 has left Union Station. 7:07 p.m. Update: Train 313 has departed Union Station. 6:55 p.m. Update: VRE officials said crews planned to use equipment from Train 337 to operate Train 335, which is now at...

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:32 PM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express, Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 12/08/2010

VRE delays

VRE train 322 has stopped at L'Enfant due wheelchair lift problems.

By Mark Berman  |  06:56 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 12/07/2010

Big VRE delays

VRE train 312 is stopped to the south of Fredericksburg with equipment problems.

By Mark Berman  |  07:57 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 12/03/2010

VRE train without lights, heat

Bundle up if you're headed home on VRE. Train 307 on the Fredericksburg Line is operating without lights or heat, according to Virginia Railway Express officials....

By Michael D. Bolden  |  04:26 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 12/02/2010

VRE p.m. train canceled

Virginia Railway Express Train 335 will be canceled this evening, following this morning's mechanical failures. Some riders exprienced delays of more than an hour. VRE officials said Train 333, which departs Union Station at 5:30 p.m., will be extended to...

By Jennifer Buske  |  01:23 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Weather may delay a.m. VRE trains

Virginia Railway Express officials said the heavy rain predicted for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning could cause delays for morning commuters. A flash flood watch is in effect for the majority of the VRE service area and if it turns...

By Jennifer Buske  |  05:41 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Survey: Your VRE experiences

NOTE, Updated Jan. 11: We are no longer taking submissions for this survey. If you have comments or tips about VRE, e-mail us at transportation@washpost.com. We're looking for regular Virginia Railway Express riders to tell us about their typical commute....

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:15 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/19/2010

VRE moves ahead with WiFi plan

Virginia Railway Express officials will move forward with their plan to install free wireless Internet in some passenger cars. During Friday's VRE Operations Board meeting, the board gave VRE Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner approval to issue a request for quotes for the purchase and installation of multi-radio wireless routers.

By Jennifer Buske  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Major VRE delays

Big VRE delays this morning: Train 332 was scheduled to leave Broad Run at 7:50 a.m. It will be delayed for at least an hour due to equipment problems

By Mark Berman  |  07:55 AM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/03/2010

VRE seeks 'volunteer victims'

Virginia Railway Express plans to conduct an emergency drill on Nov. 13 and is seeking volunteers to play the role of victims in a simulated train disaster. The commuter rail agency uses the exercise to text the response of personnel...

By Michael Bolden  |  10:05 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:47 AM ET, 10/28/2010

VRE delays

There are some early VRE delays to look out for this morning

By Mark Berman  |  05:47 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Flood restrictions to end on VRE

4:10 p.m. Update: According to VRE, the restrictions are expected to end at 4:15. However, Train 331, which departs Union Station at 5:05 p.m., will operate with two less cars. The rail agency said equipment had to be move around...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:11 PM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 10/27/2010

VRE also seeing delays

There are also delays on the VRE

By Mark Berman  |  07:35 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/14/2010

Broken rail repaired

3:22 p.m. Update: VRE says the rail has been repaired and normal service will operate to Broad Run. 1:32 p.m. Update: VRE officials said Norfolk Southern, which owns the tracks, expects to have the rail fixed so that it won't...

By Michael Bolden  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 10/13/2010

VRE delays

Delays for the VRE.

By Mark Berman  |  06:10 AM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 09/30/2010

Cancellations on VRE

Virginia Railway Express officials said two trains will be cancelled tonight and flood restrictions remain in place, causing more delays for evening commuters.

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:26 PM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 09/29/2010

VRE warns of storm delays

Virginia Railway Express officials said riders could face delays Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:32 PM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 AM ET, 08/09/2010

VRE resumes normal service

Normal service has resumed on VRE's Fredericksburg Line this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  05:39 AM ET, 08/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  vre

Posted at 06:58 AM ET, 07/27/2010

Possible fire causes major VRE delays

There are some big VRE delays due to a possible fire near the tracks in Fredericksburg.

By Mark Berman  |  06:58 AM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  vre, vre delays

Posted at 06:08 AM ET, 07/26/2010

Potential VRE crowding

Riders on VRE's Manassas Line can expect a little crowding this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  06:08 AM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  vre

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/19/2010

VRE signal problem causes delays

VRE riders on the Fredericksburg Line are facing some headaches this morning as well.

By Mark Berman  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express | Tags:  vre, vre delays

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/24/2010

Delays ahead for VRE passengers

Virginia Railway Express passengers can expect some delays tonight as the extreme heat will force trains to slow down during the evening commute.

By Michael Bolden  |  12:08 PM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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