VRE to host public hearings on proposed fare increase

(Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

The Virginia Railway Express is considering a 4 percent fare increase that, if approved, would go into effect in July 2013.

Here are the current fares, and here’s a look at what fares would look like for the Fredericksburg Line (regular and discounted) and the Manassas Line (regular and discounted).

VRE riders will have a chance to comment on the proposed increase at a series of public hearings taking place next month. There will be a total of seven hearings in Virginia and D.C. between March 5-28.

The schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. (Burke Centre Conservancy “The Commons” Community Center; 5701 Roberts Parkway, Burke)
  • Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. (Stafford County Government Center Board Chambers, 1300 Courthouse Rd., Stafford)
  • Tuesday, March 19 at noon (Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington)
  • Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. (P.R.T.C. Board Room, 2nd Floor, 14700 Potomac Mills Rd., Woodbridge)
  • Thursday, March 21 at noon (Holiday Inn [L’Enfant], Discovery 1 Ballroom, 550 C. St. SW, Washington, D.C.)
  • Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. (Rappahannock Regional Library, Theatre Room, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg)
  • Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. (Manassas City Hall City Council Chamber Room, 9027 Center St., Manassas)

If you want to submit comments via e-mail, send them to publiccomment@vre.org or fax them to 703-684-1313. If you plan to attend but need special assistance (like a sign language interpreter), e-mail publiccomment@vre.org or call Anna Gotthardt at 703-684-1001 or 703-684-0551 (TTY).

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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