Archive for June, 2011

Train Talk June 29, 2011 5:08 PM

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The Message is for Fredericksburg line Riders:

A broken rail is causing signal issues on the Fred. Line. 303 is now 30 min. late. 305 is approaching the area affected by signals. 305 is currently 15 late.

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Signal problems between Rippon and Woodbridge resulted in a 20 min. delay for train 303. Expect similar delays to all trains until the signal issue is cleared up.

Train Talk June 29, 2011 4:50 PM

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The Message is for Fredericksburg line Riders:

Signal problems between Rippon and Woodbridge resulted in a 20 min. delay for train 303. Expect similar delays to all trains until the signal issue is cleared up.

Train Talk June 28, 2011 2:40 PM

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Train Talk:Weekly Newsletter
June 28, 2011 2:40 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Meet the Management Tomorrow at Quantico
2) Traffic Flow Modification at Fredericksburg
3) Safety On Board the Train
4) Please Keep Feet Off of the Seats

1) Meet the Management Tomorrow at Quantico

VRE continues our Meet the Management series tomorrow morning at Quantico. Come by and ask questions or grab yourself an early morning snack. VRE Management and Staff from our Passenger Support Services, Equipment and Services and our Accounting departments will be in attendance. In addition, Keolis employees from Management and from the train crews will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

2) Traffic Flow Modification at Fredericksburg

On Tuesday, July 5, a traffic pattern change will take effect near the Fredericksburg train station. This change will affect VRE commuters who park in the VRE lot south of Prince Edward Street. The change is designed to relieve congestion during the late afternoon period during which VRE trains arrive in Fredericksburg and large numbers of commuters are attempting to leave the train station area.

The change is as follows:

On east bound Frederick Street, at its intersection with Charles Street, left turns will be prohibited 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday- Friday. Motorists approaching Charles Street on Frederick Street will still to be permitted to go straight or turn right at the intersection. Motorists whose destinatination is west of I-95, the Four Mile Fork area or Route 3 east to South Stafford or the King George area will travel south on Charles Street to Dixon Street to the Blue and Gray Parkway.

Public Works staff will be obtaining traffic counts and otherwise observing traffic flow during the thirty day trial period that the left turn prohibition will be in effect. Additional public notice will then be given about the status of the new traffic pattern after the trail period has expired.

For additional information or to comment on this matter, please contact the Public Works Department at 540 372 1023 or dfawcett@fredericksburgva.com.

3) Safety On Board the Train

During the past few weeks this month, we’ve talked about safety at the station, safety along the railroad, and safety while travelling with children. This final installment during the national safety month will focus on safety features on board VRE train.

VRE encourages you to note these features on board as you travel on board VRE trains. These features are there to help you and our train crews safely address any emergency on board our trains.

*Emergency Exit Windows and all of the exit paths on board trains
When you board VRE trains, note the EMERGENCY EXIT ROUTES map on the vestibule walls. There are 16 emergency exit windows on our trains. Each of them is clearly marked, along with removal instructions at each emergency exit window. These locations are clearly marked on the exterior of the cars, as well, and first responders are trained on the removal of these, also.

*The Passenger Emergency Intercom buttons.
There are two (2) Passenger Emergency Intercoms (PEI) locations in each train car. These are clearly marked, and are located in the aisle near the stairwells. Each of the restrooms is also fitted with one of these. If you ever need to get in touch with a crew member and cannot visually locate them, go up to one of these PEI and push the red button. An automated message will activate “Passenger needs assistance in car V___”. The crew member will pick up one of the handsets in any of the vestibules on the train. The crew member and you can talk confidentially about what concerns you. Above the PEI there is a note that tells you which car you are on and which end of the car you are on — B- end or A-end.

*Fire extinguishers as well as other safety tools on board
There are fire extinguishers as well as hacksaws, pry bars, glow sticks and a pathogen kits in a stairwell in each passenger compartment on each train car. The plastic cover is scored so that it can be conveniently broken to get to the tools.

*AEDs
There is an AED on each train set, in the Cab car of each train set .The cab car is the leading car on each VRE train set. In addition to the cab car, there are AEDs in other train cars, if the train length is longer than 4 cars.

*Emergency Brake Valve.
If for any reason you are convinced that you, fellow passengers and crew will be in danger if the train continues on it current direction, this valve can be pulled to stop the train.

*Our conductors and engineers
Most importantly, VRE train crews are trained and certified in First Aid, CPR and the use of AED. They are trained on how to call for first responder help in the event of an emergency on board our trains. They are trained on how to request for medical as well as law enforcement help on board our trains. The conductors on board VRE trains are the authority on the trains.

4) Please Keep Feet Off of the Seats

We’ve had several emails from different passengers recently about one courtesy topic – Keeping Feet Off of the Seats:

“I regularly ride Manassas Line trains 333 and 335. I consistently see passengers put their feet up on the seats with no regard for their fellow riders. I’ve never seen a conductor intervene and it’s been ages since I’ve heard the recorded message reminding passengers not to do this. Please ask the crews to be a bit more aggressive. Thanks.”

“I am wondering why it is acceptable for passengers to put their feet on seats. The conductors should tell them to remove them. True this is a crappy train and maybe it really doesn’t matter, but it is nasty and the conductors should enforce it.”

“There’s a young woman often on train 335 to Manassas who sits on the upper level in the last car occupying the two seats that face each other. And by occupying two seats, I mean she’s seated in one of them and has her feet propped up in the other one, sandals and all. Sometimes I can see the dirt scuffs she leaves on those beautiful new seats, but in any case I can’t believe this is acceptable behavior.”


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)2011 Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Train Talk June 24, 2011 7:52 PM

Friday, June 24th, 2011

CSX has given 313 permission to continue to Fred. Station to drop off passengers. Taxis and buses will still be at Leeland for those who decide not to stay on the train.

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Report of person struck and injured by a freight train just s. of Fred. May block access to station. 313 passengers should detrain at leeland and catch a cab. Send in receipt to our office for reimbursement. there will also be FRED buses available

Train Talk June 24, 2011 7:42 PM

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Report of person struck and injured by a freight train just s. of Fred. May block access to station. 313 passengers should detrain at leeland and catch a cab. Send in receipt to our office for reimbursement. there will also be FRED buses available

Train Talk June 21, 2011 2:07 PM

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Train Talk:Weekly Newsletter
June 21, 2011 2:07 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Meet the Management, Tomorrow at Manassas Park
2) New Parking in Fredericksburg Found to Replace the Loss of Lot C
3) Construction – New Burke Centre Trail

1) Meet the Management, Tomorrow at Manassas Park

Riders at Manassas Park will have their opportunity to meet and greet with VRE management and staff tomorrow morning at our continuing Meet the Management sessions. We are now 10 stations into it with 8 stations left to visit.

So if you are at Manassas Park tomorrow morning, come by and ask questions or grab yourself an early morning snack. VRE Management and Staff from our Construction and Facilities, Passenger Support Services, Safety and Security and Equipment and Services will be in attendance. In addition, Keolis employees will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see your there!

2) New Parking in Fredericksburg Found to Replace the Loss of Lot C

As an update to the closing of FBG Lot C, we found another 30 spaces to replace most of the 38 spaces in the current lot. It will be open to all commuters with no restrictions and will be called C as well.

Beginning July 1, 30 spaces at 400 Charles Street will be leased by VRE. We will soon be installing signs in this lot to designate VRE spaces. Please remember to only utilize those spaces that are specifically marked with a sign.

Again, the new lot will be available for use starting July 1st.

3) Construction – New Burke Centre Trail

There will be construction taking place around the second week of July at Burke Centre as the Fairfax County Park Authority will be constructing a new trail through the Burke community.

Construction is expected to last approximately five to six months and the hours of operation will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Surface parking near the ballfields may be impacted.


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)2011 Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Train Talk June 20, 2011 7:10 PM

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Trains on the move…delay due to motorcade.

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313 being held at L’Enfant…337 being held at Union station…estimating a 15 minute delay…more info to follow

Train Talk June 20, 2011 6:59 PM

Monday, June 20th, 2011

313 being held at L’Enfant…337 being held at Union station…estimating a 15 minute delay…more info to follow

Train Talk June 20, 2011 2:22 PM

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Train Talk:Safety Tip of the Week
June 20, 2011 2:22 PM

Safety While Travelling with Children

It’s almost summer. Schools are letting out, and road trips, sightseeing tours, the beach and all kinds of fun memorable family activities are being planned. Whether you are on VRE or off, here are some tips to ensure that your children are safe this summer. Much of this information reflects what is recommended by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

ON THE TRAIN

*Always hold your child’s hand firmly when entering and exiting the train; ask for assistance from the conductors.
*Make sure your children stay seated throughout the trip and never let them run or play in the passenger car aisle. DO NOT leave them UNATTENDED for any amount of time.
*Do not attempt to change passenger cars using the car end doors with children in tow.

AT THE STATION

*Always keep a safe distance from the platform edge, and stay BEHIND the YELLOW tactile strip.
*Do NOT let your children run and jump near the platform edge.
*NEVER let your children try to pick up items off of the railroad track or get on the railroad track.

FOR ALL OCCASIONS

*Teach your children their full names, address, and home telephone number. Make sure they know your full name.
*Make sure your children know how to reach you at work or on your cell phone. Teach your children how and when to use 911 and make sure your children have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.
*Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to do so in each instance.
*Teach your children to never approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult.
*During family outings, establish a central, easy-to-locate spot to meet for check-ins or should you get separated.
*Teach your children how to locate help at theme parks, sports stadiums, shopping malls, and other public places. Also, identify those people who they can ask for help, such as uniformed law enforcement, security guards and store clerks with nametags.
*Help your children learn to recognize and avoid potential risks, so that they can deal with them if they happen.
*Teach your children that if anyone tries to grab them, they should make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting.

If your child is missing…..

Call your local police department right away. Police are required by law to immediately take a missing child report and then promptly enter that report into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. After you have contacted local authorities, contact NCMEC at 1.800.THE.LOST (1.800.843.5678) or online at www.missingkids.com.

If you happen to come across a child who appears lost………………

1. Get involved if you see a child who appears to be lost.

2. Comfort the child but avoid physically touching him or her.

3. Ask the child if he or she is lost or knows the location of his or her parent/guardian.

4. Refrain from requesting too much personal information since children are taught not to give out this information to people they do not know.

5. Contact law-enforcement authorities to report the incident.

6. Ask other adults in the area for assistance in reporting the incident to a person in a position of authority in the area while waiting for law enforcement’s arrival.

7. Remain in the immediate location, and do not take the child elsewhere. Do not place the child in your vehicle and drive to a different location to seek help.

8. Wait with the child until help arrives.

Note: If you see a child who you recognize as one who is missing, based on information from sources such as media reports, missing-child alerts, or fliers issued by law-enforcement authorities, immediately call law enforcement and follow their instructions.


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)2011 Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Train Talk June 17, 2011 7:23 PM

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This Message is for Manassas line Riders:

335 preparing to cross over to available track, should be moving forward shortly

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335 was waiting for Amtrak 50 and Amtrak 19 to clear before proceeding with the reverse move.

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A fallen tree is blocking tracks 1 and 2 north of Rolling Road. Train #335 (Departs Union Station at 6:10p) will reverse in order to use another track. Expect a 30 min. delay.