(This post has been updated)

Virginia Railway Express needs volunteers to test a proposed ticketing program that would allow riders to board the commuter-rail using their SmarTrip card.

Volunteers would need to board at the Woodbridge station and either be enrolled in the SmartBenefit or Commuter Direct programs, VRE officials said. The volunteers would also have to be willing to provide feedback to VRE on the process.

VRE officials said that they have been trying to integrate with the Metro system for years, and that the commuter rail system has begun implementing the software needed to do so. If the SmarTrip option becomes available,  riders would still need to carry a VRE ticket and get it validated, VRE officials said Thursday.

If the trial is a success, they will report back to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Association officials, who operate the SmartBenefit program.

Those interested in participating in the trial can e-mail gotrains@vre.org. VRE officials ask riders to include their name, e-mail and daytime phone number.