VRE lengthens express train to handle crush

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Virginia Railway Express will add another car Tuesday to its new morning express train to accommodate the influx of riders, VRE officials said.

The train, which leaves Fredericksburg at 5:05 a.m., maxed out at Leeland Road Station on Monday, forcing about 100 riders who later boarded the train to stand. The three-car train has about 425 seats, said VRE Operations Board Chairman Paul Milde, who rode the express Monday.

"Clearly, this idea was a good and popular one," Milde said. "The worst thing that could have happened would [have been] if it was underutilized, a financial drain and an inefficient use of our resources. We can work with this."

VRE officials said that on Tuesday, they will trade four-car Train 312, which leaves at 7:40 a.m., with the express train to provide additional seats.

-- Jennifer Buske

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