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After month of free fares, VRE ridership dips

Here’s more proof, if any was needed, that the most impactful four-letter word in the English language really does stare with an “f.” “Free.” Virginia Railway Express’s average daily ridership dropped nearly 10 percent from September to October, according to new...

VRE projects incremental improvements in passenger counts

t’s all guesstimating at this point, but Virginia Railway Express (VRE) officials are aiming to be able to recoup about a quarter of annual operating expenses through slowly returning passenger totals in the fiscal year that starts next July. The...

VRE still having trouble filling seats, farebox

Blame COVID. Blame employees who won’t give up the work-from-home approach. Blame summer vacations. Add them all up, and average daily ridership on Virginia Railway Express, though improving to a degree, still leaves plenty of room for growth. The transit agency...

VRE to be free to riders in September

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) passengers will ride free across the entire network during September and between certain stations in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia during October. The decision to suspend fares is designed to make VRE a more...

Passenger counts up but VRE still seeing pennies on dollar at farebox

In a typical year, riders of Virginia Railway Express service contribute 50 percent of the commuter train system’s operating revenue. Nothing has been “typical” in recent years, and it looks like the VRE fiscal year ending in June will see...

Virginia Railway Express making modest progress to recoup progress

Despite upticks over the summer months, passenger counts for Virginia Railway Express (VRE) remain well down from pre-pandemic levels. For the weeks ending July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, passenger counts were down 85.7 percent, 85.8 percent,...

VRE, in recovery mode, still seeing little cash at the farebox

Virginia Railway Express continues to see slow but incremental progress in wooing back passengers. But the commuter-rail system continues to take in less than 10 cents from riders for every dollar it spends on operations, far below the roughly...

Prep work continues for new Crystal City VRE station

It could just be just a matter of months until the Virginia Railway Express plan to create a new station in Crystal City reaches another milestone. VRE officials project it will be in the third quarter of 2021 that preliminary...

VRE aims to be fully back on track in June

Virginia Railway Express, which brings commuters from the outer suburbs into the inner D.C. core weekday mornings and reverses the process in the afternoons, plans on returning to a full (32-train-per-weekday) schedule on June 1. Whether passengers will follow in...

Arlington County Attorney to join VRE in full-time capacity

He’s held the gig part-time for decades, and now Stephen MacIsaac, the Arlington government’s county attorney, will be heading to Virginia Railway Express full-time. The transit agency on May 10 announced it had tapped MacIsaac as its new full-time general...
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