Archive for August, 2010

Train Talk August 31, 2010 1:41 PM

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

This message is for Fredericksburg Line Riders:

Train #301 (Departs Union Station at 12:55p) is currently 25 minutes late due to signal issues south of Alexandria.

Train Talk August 26, 2010 8:12 AM

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

This message is for Fredericksburg Line riders:

Update:

Train #312 is currently 15 minutes late due to earlier signals. Next station, Quantico.

Train #310 is currently 25 minutes late due to earlier signals. Next station, Woodbridge.

Train #310 (Departs Fredericksburg at 7:10a) is currently 20 minutes late due to signal issues experienced earlier. Next Station, Brooke.

Signal issues may affect Train #312 (Departs Fredericksburg at 7:40a) as well.

Train Talk August 26, 2010 7:44 AM

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

This message is for Fredericksburg Line riders:

Train #310 (Departs Fredericksburg at 7:10a) is currently 20 minutes late due to signal issues experienced earlier. Next Station, Brooke.

Signal issues may affect Train #312 (Departs Fredericksburg at 7:40a) as well.

Train Talk August 25, 2010 6:17 AM

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

This message is for all Fredericksburg Line riders:

Train #304 is approximately 20 minutes due to mechanical issues at Brooke. Next station, Quantico.

Train Talk August 24, 2010 3:32 PM

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This Message is for Fredericksburg Riders:

#303 (Departs Union Station at 3:35p) will be boarding at Union Station this evening on Track #28.

Train Talk August 24, 2010 2:33 PM

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Train Talk:Weekly Newsletter
August 24, 2010 2:33 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Validate your tickets!
2) Whistle Ban Returns to Manassas
3) Fredericksburg Station Rehabilitation begins Aug. 25th
4) Union Station Metrorail station elevators to undergo rehabilitation work
5) Low ridership ends FRED route

1) Validate your tickets!

Virginia Law requires that riders must validate their tickets prior to boarding the train. Conductors perform random ticket checks and if a passenger is found without a validated ticket, the conductor is required to issue that rider a citation. Riders are not allowed to get off at the next stop to validate, nor are they allowed to present the Conductor with an unvalidated FRC. To ensure that Conductors are able to perform these ticket checks, riders are reminded to have their tickets available for inspection at all times.

Thank you for your consideration.

2) Whistle Ban Returns to Manassas

If you live in Manassas and had been hearing the train much more than you used to, you will be happy to know that the Manassas overnight restriction on train whistles has been placed back into effect. Recently, the FRA lifted the ban that prohibited the use of air horns in Manassas, but the City of Manassas file documentation in order to reinstate a Quiet Zone.

As a result, no train whistles will be blown at crossings in this area between 10pm and 7am, except in case of emergency.

3) Fredericksburg Station Rehabilitation begins Aug. 25th

Pay attention to areas around the Fredericksburg station in the next coming weeks as the station rehabilitation project is about to begin. Barriers and fencing will be put up to indicate sidewalk and other area closures.

We will provide more information about this project as it moves forward.

4) Union Station Metrorail station elevators to undergo rehabilitation work

Metro will rebuild both elevators between the platform and mezzanine levels inside the Union Station Metrorail station beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, to return the units to a state of good repair and to ensure service reliability and safety.

During the 12-week elevator modernization project, Metro will operate shuttle buses upon request between the Judiciary Square and New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail stations. Customers can call 202‑962‑1825 before their trip to arrange for a shuttle bus to pick them up. Riders can also ask a station manager for assistance in calling for shuttle pick-up.

An elevator modernization of this magnitude includes replacing a majority of the mechanical parts and the elevator cab equipment to ensure the elevator operates safely and reliably for customers. The modernization project will extend the life cycle of the elevator. The rebuilding process typically takes 12 weeks.

Signs indicating the specific type of mechanical work and the estimated date of the unit’s return to service in November will be displayed in the platform level of the station. Customers may also view the status of all elevators and escalators on Metro’s website:

http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/elevator_escalator.cfm

5) Low ridership ends FRED route

FRED announced the last day for the bus service that carries residents from Fredericksburg’s Cowan Boulevard area to meet Virginia Railway Express trains will be Oct. 1.

Three other VRE feeder buses operated by FRED will continue running, since ridership is substantially higher on those routes.


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Train Talk August 19, 2010 11:59 AM

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Train Talk:A Message from the CEO
August 19, 2010 11:59 AM

Update on On-Time Performance

This summer has been a difficult one for VRE staff and riders alike, on many different fronts, between the weather, rail issues and the transition. Speaking of the transition from Amtrak to Keolis, it has not been as seamless as I had anticipated. The learning curve for Keolis has been steep, but they are up to the challenge. I firmly believe that we will work out these issues and service will once again be at the level that our riders have come to expect from VRE.

During the on-line forum last week, I made a commitment to you that you would start seeing an improvement this week. For the most part that has been true. Since Monday, we have operated at 89% on-time (through morning service this morning). Of the eleven delays we have had in the last three and a half days, five were directly related to mechanical issues and two were indirectly related (operating behind the mechanically challenged train). The remainder of the delays were mostly related to railroad issues, like flood restrictions and signal issues.

To me, making things better starts with fixing those things that are under my control. That means reducing mechanical delays. MotivePower has returned to VRE property to assist in monitoring and maintaining our locomotives. In addition to being the company that is building our new locomotive fleet, they have exceptional background and knowledge in repairing our aging engines. They are working hand in hand with our mechanical team, and will be on site as long as needed.

I will also continue to work with our host railroads as I have done in the past to mitigate any railroad related issues. The only way we can be sure to eliminate these types of issues is to work together as a team with our host railroads and Amtrak. I know that CSX and Norfolk Southern are committed to seeing our service succeed. While the relationship with Amtrak may be more tenuous than it used to be, they have a 12 person team that is dedicated to assisting VRE within the Washington Union Terminal area where we store our equipment mid-day, and they are doing an excellent job.

Don’t think for a second that I take your loyalty for granted, because I don’t. No one at VRE does. You are the driving force for what we do here at VRE. I pledge to you that VRE is determined to make improvements, earn back your trust in us to get you to work and home, safely and on-time.

On a different note, through our gotrains@vre.org email and other methods of rider feedback, I know that our riders would like to hear from me more often. In addition to the commitments I have made to improve on-time performance, I am going to make another commitment to you. At least, once a month, I will send out a Train Talk message to our riders, giving a status report on whatever issues VRE may be facing at the time. Since my on-line web chat is normally at the beginning of the month, you can look for this message from me towards the middle of the month.

~Dale


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Copyright (C)2010 Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Train Talk August 18, 2010 3:41 PM

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

This message is for Union Station 327 riders:

Train #327 (Departs Union Station at 3:45p) will be on track 23 at Union Station today.

Train Talk August 18, 2010 12:08 PM

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

This message is for Manassas Line riders:

Norfolk Southern has cancelled the flash flood restrictions. We do not anticipate any delays due this issue this afternoon/evening.

Train Talk August 18, 2010 9:19 AM

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

This message is for Manassas Line riders:

Update:

Train #332 is approximately 40 minutes late into Alexandria. Since it is no longer on Norfolk Southern rails which imposed the flood restrictions, there should be no further delay.

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Train #332 (Departs Broad Run at 7:50a) is currently 10 minutes late into Burke Centre due to flash flood restrictions that were just imposed. Estimate at least a 30 minute delay into the inner city destinations.