Train Talk June 29, 2010 2:26 PM

Train Talk:Weekly Newsletter
June 29, 2010 2:26 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Manassas Parking
2) Tomorrow, Jun 30, Quantico Meet the Management
3) 1 and 1/2 days left to use up old Free Ride Certificates
4) July 1st Change in Validation Law
5) July 5th No VRE Service
6) Keolis Update
7) July 19th, Schedule Reminder

1) Manassas Parking

The City of Manassas has approved the addition of 33 spaces for commuter parking effective tomorrow. The parking is currently temporary – through October – and includes 12 spaces at the City of Manassas museum and 21 spaces along Prince William Street. Red commuter permits are required to park there. A map will be on our website shortly.

2) Tomorrow, Jun 30, Quantico Meet the Management

Join us Wednesday for all morning trains in Quantico as we continue Meet the Management.

Representatives from our Finance, Operations and Communications, and Passenger Support services departments will be on hand to answer any and all questions that you may have.

If you have no questions, come by anyway and say hi, grab refreshment, or a VRE ticket holder and a clip.

3) 1 and 1/2 days left to use up old Free Ride Certificates

If you have some old Free Ride Certificates stuffed in your ticket holder, you’d better get them out and check the expiration date. The old green and purple Free Ride Certificates will expire on Thursday July 1, 2010. If you have not used up all of your old FRC’s by then, they may not be exchanged for the newer (blue and teal) ones which expire June 30, 2012.

4) July 1st Change in Validation Law

Last year the General Assembly added language to an un-validated ticket/riding outside of ticket zone law in order to make it unlawful to use counterfeit or fraudulent ticket as a means to gain access to a transportation district train (VRE). In doing so, all penalties were changed to misdemeanors (Class 4 for validation/zones, Class 2 for fraudulent use). This added considerable burden to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Courts, VRE and the riders because of the onerous filing requirements of misdemeanors.

In the end, VRE sought to change back the validation and zone infractions to civil actions. This change will ease the concerns of riders who fear that a ticket might work adversely against security clearances and, additionally, will allow for a more efficient process of citations. Also, the fine for validation and zone infractions has been reduced from $250 to $100, while counterfeit or fraudulent ticket use remains a Class 2 misdemeanor with a penalty of not less than $500.

5) July 5th No VRE Service

There will be no VRE service for Monday, July 5th – Independence Day Observed. Service will resume Tuesday, July 6th.

6) Keolis Update

Here is the latest about the Keolis transfer:

Stage one of the Keolis transfer has begun will the commencement of the following functions for VRE:

1. Maintenance of all locomotives and railcars

2. Maintenance of VRE yard facilities

3. Management of parts warehouse

Keolis stage two, the assumption of crewing all VRE trains, will take place on July 12th.

We will keep you up to date with any latest developments.

7) July 19th, Schedule Reminder

This is a reminder that beginning on July 19th, with the start of the express train, there will be minor schedule changes to both lines.

To see the schedule departure times, for Manassas, please visit our website at http://www.vre.org/service/pdf/schedule_mss.pdf.

For the Fredericksburg trains, please visit http://www.vre.org/service/pdf/schedule_fbg.pdf.

Also, to note, we notified passengers that Train 310 will operate on Train 308′s schedule and depart 5 minutes earlier from each station. This is incorrect. 310 will in fact operate 10 minutes earlier instead of 5 minutes earlier. We apologize for the misinformation.


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