Archive for May, 2010

Train Talk May 31, 2010 9:18 PM

Monday, May 31st, 2010

This message is for all VRE riders:

Significant Service Disruption Tomorrow, June 1

This is a reminder that there will be a significant service disruption tomorrow.

Fredericksburg Line:

Only train #300 (Departs Fredericksburg at 5:15a), train #304 (Departs Fredericksburg at 6:10a), and train #308 (Departs Fredericksburg at 7:15a) will operate in the morning. These trains will terminate at Franconia/Springfield. Once at Franconia/Springfield, you will be able to use your VRE ticket to ride Metro for free to your final destination.

Fredericksburg Line train #303 (Departs Union Station at 3:35p), train #307 (Departs Union Station at 4:40p), and train #311 (Departs Union Station at 6:00p) will originate at Franconia/Springfield. Please use Metro with your VRE ticket to get there. Trains will be departing according to their scheduled Franconia/Springfield departure time.

Please visit our website at http://vre.org/service/planned_disruption.html for more details.

Train Talk May 31, 2010 9:18 PM

Monday, May 31st, 2010

This message is for all VRE riders:

Significant Service Disruption Tomorrow, June 1

This is a reminder that there will be a significant service disruption tomorrow.

Manassas Line:

All morning trains will operate. However, they will terminate at the Norfolk Southern Train Yard, just north of Backlick Road. This area is within walking distance of the Van Dorn Street Metro. You can walk, or DASH is providing complimentary shuttle buses for VRE riders.

Once at Metro, simply show your VRE ticket to ride Metro for free.

Please visit our website at http://vre.org/service/planned_disruption.html for more exact schedules.

Train Talk May 28, 2010 1:40 PM

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Train Talk:Reminder About Next Week’s Service
May 28, 2010 1:40 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) No VRE Service on Memorial Day, Monday – May 31st
2) Tuesday’s Service Disruption

1) No VRE Service on Memorial Day, Monday – May 31st

In observance of Memorial Day, VRE will not operate service on Monday, May 31st. Partial service will resume on Tuesday, June 1st. See below:

2) Tuesday’s Service Disruption

Here is one last reminder about next Tuesday’s service disruption. The Metro will be opened up system wide for riders who want to avoid the transfer and drive to Vienna or Franconia/Springfield. Just show your VRE ticket and Metro will let you in.

Here is the plan for the Manassas line on June 1st:

All morning Manassas Line trains will terminate at a temporary station area near the Van Dorn Street Metro Station (just north of our Backlick Road station). From there, you will have the option of walking or using DASH shuttle buses to the Metro station to continue your commute. Just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail system.

• Morning Arrival Times

Departs Broad Run Arrives Van Dorn

Train 322 5:05 5:45

Train 324 5:45 6:25

Train 326 6:15 6:55

Train 328 6:40 7:23

Train 330 7:20 8:00

Train 332 7:50 8:44

All evening Manassas Line trains will originate near the Van Dorn Street Metro Station. Simply take Metro from the station closest to your work and ride to the Van Dorn Street Metro Station. Again, just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail. Once there, you will have the option of walking or using DASH shuttle buses to reach the VRE train.

• Evening Arrival Times

Departs Van Dorn Arrives Broad Run

Train 327 4:10 5:00

Train 329 4:50 5:39

Train 331 5:32 6:24

Train 333 5:55 6:45

Train 335 6:34 7:24

Train 337 7:14 8:03

The Manassas Mid-Day train and all Manassas Line reverse flow trains (#321, #336, and #338) will be canceled on June 1.

VRE staff members will be on-site to offer their assistance.

The full schedule can be found on our website at: http://www.vre.org/service/disruption/manassas.html.

Here is the plan for the Fredericksburg line:

Only 3 rush hour trains in each direction will operate on June 1.

• Morning Trains: Train 300, Train 304, and Train 308 will be the only trains to operate. These trains will have extra cars to help with crowded conditions.

• Evening Trains: Train 303, Train 307, and Train 311 will be the only trains to operate. These trains will have extra cars to help with crowded conditions.

The morning Fredericksburg Line trains will terminate at Franconia/Springfield. From there you can use Metrorail to continue your commute. Just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail system.

VRE staff members will be on-site to offer their assistance.

• Morning Arrival Times

Departs Fredericksburg Arrives Franconia/Springfield

Train 300 5:15 6:11

Train 304 6:10 7:05

Train 308 7:15 8:11

The evening Fredericksburg Line trains will originate at Franconia/Springfield and will depart at the regularly scheduled departure time for that station. Simply take Metro from the station closest to your work and ride to the Franconia/Springfield Metro Station. Again, just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail.

• Evening Arrival Times

Departs Franconia/Springfield Arrives Fredericksburg

Train 303 4:08 5:09

Train 307 5:14 6:19

Train 311 6:33 7:30

The full schedule can be found on our website at http://www.vre.org/service/disruption/fredericksburg.html.


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Train Talk May 27, 2010 1:44 PM

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Train Talk:News You Can Use
May 27, 2010 1:44 PM

Keolis Update

In just about one month, a significant event in VRE history will occur. Keolis Rail Services Virginia will assume operations of VRE trains. An update on the progress that has occurred over the last several months is provided below. We want to reassure you that VRE and Keolis are working hard to ensure that your commute on June 28 and beyond will be as safe, efficient and comfortable as you have come to expect from VRE.

Last May, VRE issued a Request for Proposals for the Operations and Maintenance of VRE trains. This was done in order to be compliant with Federal and State regulations requiring us to competitively bid all of our contracts. In November 2009, our two parent commissions approved VRE’s recommendation to award the contract to Keolis. A Notice to Proceed was issued on December 21, 2009. Since that time, Keolis has been in a mobilization phase in order to provide service on June 28, 2010.

What is required in this mobilization phase? There are really three main components. The most highly visible to you, our riders, is the hiring of the train and engine (T&E) crews that operate the trains. At the request of our Operations Board, Keolis made a concerted effort to hire the current VRE T&E crews. All but one of them opted to stay with Amtrak. While we respect their decision to stay with Amtrak, that has provided an opportunity for Keolis to hire qualified railroad personnel who can’t wait to join you on your daily commute.

So will you see new faces on board the train? Yes, absolutely! These crews come from a variety of backgrounds, both passenger and freight. Many of them have experience on the VRE territory, while others are coming from other commuter rail agencies that are decreasing their service and furloughing employees. All of them are experienced railroad personnel who are truly looking forward to serving VRE and its riders.

The other two components of the mobilization are training and deliverables, both regulatory to the Federal Railroad Administration and contractual to VRE. With the exception of one item on noise monitoring to the FRA, Keolis has submitted every deliverable to both agencies. Training on the VRE equipment and territory is ongoing. This training is being done on special trains that operate during the day, outside of the VRE rush hour, and on weekends. While your first experience with the Keolis crews will be on June 28, it won’t be the first time for the Keolis T&E crews to operate our trains, the wheelchair lifts, and P.A. systems.

Our top concern is continuing to provide you with safe, reliable service, and we believe that Keolis is on the right track, pun intended!


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Train Talk May 26, 2010 2:17 PM

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Train Talk:Weekly Newsletter
May 26, 2010 2:17 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) No VRE Service on Memorial Day, Monday – May 31st
2) Planned Service Disruption, Tuesday – June 1st
3) Fredericksburg Parking lot change – June 1st
4) Meet the Management Next Wed. at Leeland Road
5) Speaking of Leeland Road:

1) No VRE Service on Memorial Day, Monday – May 31st

In observance of Memorial Day, VRE will not operate service on Monday, May 31st. Partial service will resume on Tuesday, June 1st. See below:

2) Planned Service Disruption, Tuesday – June 1st

On Tuesday, June 1st, there will be a planned service disruption that will affect both the Fredericksburg and Manassas Lines.

To find out detailed information about this disruption and how it will affect your commute, please visit our website at: http://www.vre.org/service/planned_disruption.html

3) Fredericksburg Parking lot change – June 1st

Due to a contract change there will be two less parking spaces available for our riders to use effective June 1 in Lot F (523 – 525 Caroline Street) at the Fredericksburg Station

4) Meet the Management Next Wed. at Leeland Road

Meet the Management continues its early morning meet and greet sessions next Wed, June 2nd, in Leeland Road. Come by and ask questions or grab yourself some early morning snacks and goodies. On hand will be our CEO, Dale Zehner, as well as Management and Staff from our Passenger Support, Construction and Facilities, and IT departments.

We hope to see your there!

5) Speaking of Leeland Road:

If you noticed some parking spaces blocked off today, this is due to temporary construction taking place. The spaces will continue to be blocked off tomorrow and should be available again for use of Friday.


For the latest information, don’t forget to check out the VRE web site at:
http://www.vre.org. If you would like to unsubscribe yourself or change your
delivery information, simply go to the VRE website at http://traintalk.vre.org .

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Train Talk May 24, 2010 7:59 PM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This message is for Manassas Line riders:

Update #2

For those on 337, as you know, the plan has changed once again. VRE 337 is on the move ready to make all VRE station stops. Bus service between Manassas and Broad Run will not be needed as train 337 will go all the way to Broad Run. We appreciate your patience during this delay.
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Update #1

Amtrak train 19 will pick up VRE riders and take them to all station stops EXCEPT Broad Run. Amtrak 19 cannot go to Broad Run.

VRE is working with OmniRide to provide a bus for Broad Run riders. Broad Run riders should detrain at Manassas and look for VRE staff to direct them to the bus.
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Train 337 Experiencing Mechanical Problems

Train #337 (Departs Union Station at 6:50p) is currently expecting mechanical difficulties and is 20 minutes late. The crew is currently troublshooting the situation. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the sitaution develops.

Train Talk May 24, 2010 7:46 PM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This message is for Manassas Line riders:

Update #1

Amtrak train 19 will pick up VRE riders and take them to all station stops EXCEPT Broad Run. Amtrak 19 cannot go to Broad Run.

VRE is working with OmniRide to provide a bus for Broad Run riders. Broad Run riders should detrain at Manassas and look for VRE staff to direct them to the bus.
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Train 337 Experiencing Mechanical Problems

Train #337 (Departs Union Station at 6:50p) is currently expecting mechanical difficulties and is 20 minutes late. The crew is currently troublshooting the situation. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the sitaution develops.

Train Talk May 24, 2010 7:30 PM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This message is for Manassas Line riders:

Train 337 Experiencing Mechanical Problems

Train #337 (Departs Union Station at 6:50p) is currently expecting mechanical difficulties and is 20 minutes late. The crew is currently troublshooting the situation. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the sitaution develops.

Train Talk May 24, 2010 1:32 PM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Train Talk:Planned Service Disruption on the Fredericksburg Line on June 1
May 24, 2010 1:32 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Who?
2) What Will Happen?
3) Why Is This Necessary?
4) Final Thoughts

1) Who?

You! All passengers riding VRE on Tuesday, June 1 will be affected. Since you’ve signed up for Fredericksburg Line alerts, we’ll focus on what will happen to Fredericksburg Line trains.

2) What Will Happen?

CSX will replace an old bridge with a new one that can support two tracks. As a result, only 3 rush hour trains in each direction will operate on June 1.

*Morning Trains: Train 300, Train 304, and Train 308 will be the only trains to operate. These trains will have extra cars to help with crowded conditions.
*Evening Trains: Train 303, Train 307, and Train 311 will be the only trains to operate. These trains will have extra cars to help with crowded conditions.

The morning Fredericksburg Line trains will terminate at Franconia/Springfield. From there you can use Metrorail to continue your commute. Just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail system.

The evening Fredericksburg Line trains will originate at Franconia/Springfield and will depart at the regularly scheduled departure time for that station. Simply take Metro from the station closest to your work and ride to the Franconia/Springfield Metro Station. Again, just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail.

VRE staff members will be on-site to offer their assistance.

3) Why Is This Necessary?

CSX has been working to install a third main line track between Alexandria and Franconia/Springfield (construction can be seen from the East side of the train). Just south of Alexandria, the tracks go over the Norfolk Southern tracks using two bridges. One bridge has one track. While the second bridge has the space for two tracks, it can only support one track. Construction on a new bridge has been taking place alongside the tracks (this construction can be seen from the West side of the train). CSX will cut out the old bridge and slide the new bridge into place. Ultimately, the third track will help ease capacity constraints on the Fredericksburg Line by allowing passenger trains to pass slower freight trains in the area.

4) Final Thoughts

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this planned disruption. In conjunction with CSX and the Commonwealth of Virginia, VRE has been working towards increasing the capacity of the rails we opwerate on. Over the last several years, this has included additional interlockings (places where trains can switch tracks), an additional bridge over Quantico Creek, a third track near our L’Enfant station, and a third track between the Potomac River and Alexandria. With the completion of this project, another piece of the puzzle is being added. We believe that these growing pains will be worthwhile.


For the latest information, don’t forget to check out the VRE web site at:
http://www.vre.org. If you would like to unsubscribe yourself or change your
delivery information, simply go to the VRE website at http://traintalk.vre.org .

Copyright (C)2010 Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Train Talk May 24, 2010 1:32 PM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Train Talk:Planned Service Disruption on the Manassas Line on June 1
May 24, 2010 1:32 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Who?
2) What Will Happen?
3) Why Is This Necessary
4) Final Thoughts

1) Who?

You! All passengers riding VRE on Tuesday, June 1 will be affected. Since you’ve signed up for Manassas Line alerts, we’ll focus on what will happen to Manassas Line trains.

2) What Will Happen?

CSX is building a bridge over the Norfolk Southern tracks. As a result:

All morning Manassas Line trains will terminate at a temporary station area near the Van Dorn Street Metro Station (just north of our Backlick Road station). From there, you will have the option of walking or using DASH shuttle buses to the Metro station to continue your commute. Just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail system.

322 scheduled to arrive Van Dorn at 5:45am
324 scheduled to arrive Van Dorn at 6:25am
326 scheduled to arrive Van Dorn at 6:55am
328 scheduled to arrive Van Dorn at 7:23am
330 scheduled to arrive Van Dorn at 8:00am
332 scheduled to arrive Van Dorn at 8:44am

All evening Manassas Line trains will originate near the Van Dorn Street Metro Station. Simply take Metro from the station closest to your work and ride to the Van Dorn Street Metro Station. Again, just show your VRE ticket to the Metro attendant when entering and exiting the Metrorail. Once there, you will have the option of walking or using DASH shuttle buses to reach the VRE train.

327 scheduled to depart Van Dorn at 4:10pm
329 scheduled to depart Van Dorn at 4:50pm
331 scheduled to depart Van Dorn at 5:32pm
333 scheduled to depart Van Dorn at 5:55pm
335 scheduled to depart Van Dorn at 6:34pm
337 scheduled to depart Van Dorn at 7:14pm

The Manassas Mid-Day train and all Manassas Line reverse flow trains (#321, #336, and #338) will be cancelled on June 1.

VRE staff members will be on-site to offer their assistance.

3) Why Is This Necessary

CSX has been working to install a third main line track between Alexandria and Franconia/Springfield. Just south of Alexandria, the tracks go over the Norfolk Southern tracks using two bridges. One bridge has one track. While the second bridge has space for two tracks, it can only support one track. Construction on the new bridge has been taking place alongside the tracks (this contruction can be seen from the East side of the train). CSX will cut out the old bridge and slide the new bridge into place. Ultimately, the third track will help ease capacity constraints on the Fredericksburg Line by allowing passenger trains to pass slower frieght trains in the area, which will help Manassas Line trains avoid some of the congestion currently experienced in the Alexandria area.

4) Final Thoughts

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this planned disruption. In conjunction with CSX and the Commonwealth of Virginia, VRE has been working towards increasing the capacity of the rails we operate on. Over the last several years, this has included additional interlockings (places where trains can switch tracks), an additional bridge over Quantico Creek, a third track near our L’Enfant station, and a third track between the Potomac River and Alexandria. With the completion of this project, another piece of the puzzle is being added. We believe that these growing pains will be worthwhile.


For the latest information, don’t forget to check out the VRE web site at:
http://www.vre.org. If you would like to unsubscribe yourself or change your
delivery information, simply go to the VRE website at http://traintalk.vre.org .

Copyright (C)2010 Virginia Railway Express (VRE)