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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.

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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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