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VRE to be free to riders in September

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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 attractive and viable option for Metrorail riders during the closure of Blue and Yellow Line stations south of Reagan National Airport, slated to begin in early September, and for those returning to work post-Labor Day.

“VRE will be a major contributor to mitigation efforts in the region during the first part of the Metrorail shutdown, which is expected to last six weeks,” said VRE CEO Rich Dalton. “The temporary elimination of fares will maximize VRE’s usage.”

Fare-free rides in September will be systemwide. In October, they will be limited to travel between the six VRE stations most impacted by the Blue Line station closures – Backlick Road on the VRE’s Manassas Line, Franconia-Springfield on its Fredericksburg Line, and Alexandria, Crystal City, L’Enfant and Union Station on both lines.

“A fare-free September is also VRE’s way of saying ‘thanks’ to those passengers who have stuck with us through the pandemic,” said VRE Operations Board chair Margaret Franklin, “and it’s a wonderful way to celebrate VRE’s 30th anniversary.”

The nation’s 13th largest commuter-rail service, VRE connects Central and Northern Virginia with the District of Columbia. Because of its focus on commuters into and out of the inner core, the rail line was heavily impacted by COVID.

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