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Heat Advisory

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Heat Advisory

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Below is a message we sent out yesterday, and thought it wouldn’t hurt=
to send it out again.

Heat advisories, ozone warning days, and humidity that can kill a goo=
d hair day in one second flat. Ahhh, summer in Washington.

As you may know, the next few days are going to be extremely hot. But =
before you decide that it’s hopeless to combat it, think again. There rea=
lly are some strategies you can employ that really can take the heat of=
f and can make a big difference in how comfortable you are as you wait on=
the platform or find yourself in a crowded train.

1) Cool and plentiful water really is your best friend during the dog=
days of summer. Be sure to bring along a water bottle, and consider toti=
ng it in a small, insulated bag to keep it cool. And remember, drink the =
water even if you don’t feel thirsty, because thirst kicks in only when o=
ne percent to two percent of body weight is already lost. (Remember too t=
hat caffeine and alcoholic beverages will dehydrate you rather than hydra=
te you!)

2) Look into small, battery operated hand-held fans and misters sold i=
n many drugstores and online to give yourself a cooling break. Or, carry =
along a washcloth so that you can wet it with your water bottle and pat y=
our wrists, face and the back of your neck for a quick cool down.

3) Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing.

4) Ditch jackets and pants with linings for the summer, as the lining =
can trap heat in hot weather.

5) Seek shade, even if it means carrying a light umbrella or parasol t=
o help ward off the worst of the sun’s rays. Wear a hat with a wide brim.=

6) Don’t avoid the outdoors completely: going outdoors regularly can h=
elp build up your heat tolerance. Did you know that to prepare for summer=
athletics, it takes 10 to 14 days of regular exercise in the heat, slowl=
y building up to intense workouts at the hottest times of the day, before=
an athlete can safely (and comfortably) work out in the heat? The same b=
asic notion applies to just being out in the heat … if you’re not used =
to it, you’re more at risk for heat-related illness. If you still get ove=
rheated, pay attention to what your body is telling you. The warning sign=
s of heat exhaustion vary, but they’re often hard to ignore as they may i=
nclude:

=C2=95Heavy sweating

=C2=95Muscle cramps

=C2=95Weakness

Headache

=C2=95Nausea or vomiting

=C2=95Paleness, tiredness and dizziness.

Heat stroke is more serious, with warning signs including:

=C2=95An extremely high body temperature (above 103° Fahrenheit, =
orally)

=C2=95Unconsciousness

=C2=95Dizziness, nausea and confusion

=C2=95Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

=C2=95Rapid and strong pulse

=C2=95Throbbing headache.

The summer heat is not something to ignore, so please take precautions=
and don’t overdo it. Our trains are air conditioned, most platforms are =
shaded, and the walks from train to car are not long. Please, take it ea=
sy when the mercury climbs to dangerous levels!

As you prepare for the heat, VRE as well as our partners are pre=
paring for it as well. Please note that heat-related speed restrictions a=
re likely to be in effect for the Fredericksburg Line in the afternoon, w=
hich means the southbound trains will be delayed. How long the delay depe=
nds on which station you are going to; if you are going to Franconia/Spri=
ngfield or Lorton, you’ll probably not notice the two minute delay. Howev=
er, if you are going all the way to Fredericksburg, it is about an eleven=
minute delay when it is all said and done.

These speed restrictions are for your safety and also for your s=
afety, we hope that you take our advice to carry a bottle of water and st=
ay hydrated.

Thank you for riding VRE.

 

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Heat Advisory

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

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Heat Advisory

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Heat advisories, ozone warning days, and humidity that can kill a goo=
d hair day in one second flat. Ahhh, summer in Washington.

As you may know, the next few days are going to be extremely hot. But =
before you decide that it’s hopeless to combat it, think again. There rea=
lly are some strategies you can employ that really can take the heat of=
f and can make a big difference in how comfortable you are as you wait on=
the platform or find yourself in a crowded train.

1) Cool and plentiful water really is your best friend during the dog=
days of summer. Be sure to bring along a water bottle, and consider toti=
ng it in a small, insulated bag to keep it cool. And remember, drink the =
water even if you don’t feel thirsty, because thirst kicks in only when o=
ne percent to two percent of body weight is already lost. (Remember too t=
hat caffeine and alcoholic beverages will dehydrate you rather than hydra=
te you!)

2) Look into small, battery operated hand-held fans and misters sold i=
n many drugstores and online to give yourself a cooling break. Or, carry =
along a washcloth so that you can wet it with your water bottle and pat y=
our wrists, face and the back of your neck for a quick cool down.

3) Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing.

4) Ditch jackets and pants with linings for the summer, as the lining =
can trap heat in hot weather.

5) Seek shade, even if it means carrying a light umbrella or parasol t=
o help ward off the worst of the sun’s rays. Wear a hat with a wide brim.=

6) Don’t avoid the outdoors completely: going outdoors regularly can h=
elp build up your heat tolerance. Did you know that to prepare for summer=
athletics, it takes 10 to 14 days of regular exercise in the heat, slowl=
y building up to intense workouts at the hottest times of the day, before=
an athlete can safely (and comfortably) work out in the heat? The same b=
asic notion applies to just being out in the heat … if you’re not used =
to it, you’re more at risk for heat-related illness. If you still get ove=
rheated, pay attention to what your body is telling you. The warning sign=
s of heat exhaustion vary, but they’re often hard to ignore as they may i=
nclude:

=C2=95Heavy sweating

=C2=95Muscle cramps

=C2=95Weakness

Headache

=C2=95Nausea or vomiting

=C2=95Paleness, tiredness and dizziness.

Heat stroke is more serious, with warning signs including:

=C2=95An extremely high body temperature (above 103° Fahrenheit, =
orally)

=C2=95Unconsciousness

=C2=95Dizziness, nausea and confusion

=C2=95Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

=C2=95Rapid and strong pulse

=C2=95Throbbing headache.

The summer heat is not something to ignore, so please take precautions=
and don’t overdo it. Our trains are air conditioned, most platforms are =
shaded, and the walks from train to car are not long. Please, take it ea=
sy when the mercury climbs to dangerous levels!

As you prepare for the heat, VRE as well as our partners are pre=
paring for it as well. Please note that heat-related speed restrictions a=
re likely to be in effect for the Fredericksburg Line in the afternoon, w=
hich means the southbound trains will be delayed. How long the delay depe=
nds on which station you are going to; if you are going to Franconia/Spri=
ngfield or Lorton, you’ll probably not notice the two minute delay. Howev=
er, if you are going all the way to Fredericksburg, it is about an eleven=
minute delay when it is all said and done.

These speed restrictions are for your safety and also for your s=
afety, we hope that you take our advice to carry a bottle of water and st=
ay hydrated.

Thank you for riding VRE.

 

www.vre.org
gotrains@vre.org

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Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

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Weekly Newsletter

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Weekly News=
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Request for Public Comment Regarding Smoking on VRE Platforms=

The VRE Operations Board has
approved a request to solicit public comment through email, letter, and
phone on a proposed amendment to the VRE smoking
policy.
If
approved the amendment would modify the existing polic=
y to
read:
Smoking of pipes, cigarettes,
cigars or any other object is prohibited at outdoor VRE stations and
platforms at all times. Smoking would continue to be p=
rohibited on VRE trains and at
indoor VRE station facilities consistent with the existing smoking policy=
.
VRE will seek comment via
email, letter, or phone from June 18, 2012 =E2=80=93 July 20, 2012.
Staff will report back to the
Operations Board in August with a summary of comments and recommendation =
for
action.
To make your comments via email, please send them to: publiccommen=
t@vre.org OR by Fax to:
(703) 684-1313.

Meet the Management Tomorrow Morning at Manassas Park

Meet the Management continues tomorrow morning at Manassas P=
ark. Come by and ask
questions or grab yourself some early morning snacks and goodies. On hand=
will
be Management and Staff from our Operations and
Communications, IT, and Passenger Support departments. Management from
Keolis will also be attending, so please drop by and say hello.
We hope to see your there! 

No VRE Serv=
ice for Independence Day

In
observance of Independence day, VRE will not operate service on Wed. July=
4th.
Service will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

Safety Reminders

Remember to extinguish cigarette b=
utts in the smoking receptacle on the platforms.
In the hot summers low ground moisture, and gusty winds can cr=
eate a strong potential for brush or mulch fires.
Please don’t flick a lit cigarette on to the tracks or into th=
e grass.
Last November, a No=
rfolk Southern train struck and killed a girl as she walked walk with a g=
roup of students on a train trestle. Earlier this month in Missouri two t=
eenage girls were killed by a train when they parked on the railroad trac=
ks playing a game. The game was to park on the tracks, let the windows fo=
g up inside and let your mind play tricks on you, but the game took a de=
adly turn when a real Amtrak train approached and the driver couldn’t re=
start her vehicle. Three of the teens got out safely, but two girls in a=
panic couldn’t unbuckle their seatbelts in time. The Jeep’s owner retur=
ned to the car and helped unbuckle her friends, just as the train smashe=
d into the vehicle.
As VRE riders you’=
ve been reminded over and over about train safety and you’ve likely seen =
how dangerous trains can be. People who don’t ride trains are often naive=
about the dangers that exist, especially kids. So the next time you get =
a chance to talk to your kids, remind them about being safe around trains=
. Remind them to never walk on the tracks and trains and tracks are not t=
oys to mess around with.

 

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On-Line Forum Today at Noon

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

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On-Line Forum Today at Noon

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Join VRE Man=
agement to discuss VRE service 

Today’s edition of our monthly on-line forum will be our last for ou=
r current CEO, Dale Zehner, before his retirement at the end of this mont=
h. He has enjoyed these Q&A sessions over the years as one of the man=
y ways he has connected with passengers. As always, he will answer any se=
rvice-related question for one hour while our staff as

Riders wishing to ask questions can visit ww=
w.vre.org/chatterbox in order to participate. Simply click the &ldquo=
;Ask” button to submit a question, or you can just sit back and wat=
ch the conversation flow.

If you can’t join us, you can submit your question early and =
check back later to see if it was answered. Transcripts are also availabl=
e after the fact on our Web site at www.vre.org/feedback/forums/archives.htm


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Fares in Effect Correction

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Fares in Effect Correction

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New Fares “Will Be” in Effect July 1st

Again, if you have previously purchased tickets before Ju=
ly 1st, these tickets are good for one year and even with the change in f=
ares, these previously purchased tickets will continue to be accepted.

All tickets purchased on or after July 1st have been sold=
at the new fare price.

The new fares can be found online at http://vre.org/servi=
ce/service-information.htm.

 

We apologize for any conf=
usion.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Weekly Newsletter

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Meet
the Management Tomorrow Morning at Manassas

If yo=
ur
heading into work tomorrow morning from Manassas, be sure to drop by our =
Meet the
Management tables and help us celebrate VRE’s 20th year.
We will be
wearing red shirts, so if you have question or comment come on by and ask=
away.
Or simply enjoy some snacks and ticket holder or two. It’s our thank
you to you for riding our trains.
We hope to see=
you there.
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New Fares Now in Effect

If you have p=
reviously purchased tickets before July 1st, these tickets are good for o=
ne year and even with the change in fares, these previously purchased tic=
kets will continue to be accepted.
All tickets p=
urchased on or after July 1st have been sold at the new fare price.
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The new fares can be found online at http://vre.=
org/service/service-information.htm.

Contest Reminders

In celebrati=
on of our 20th anniversary, VRE is offering fun contests for all its ride=
rs:
Video Contest: &=
nbsp;
The topic and title for the video is: =E2=80=9CIt=E2=80=99s as Easy as VRE=E2=80=9D.  You take i=
t from there, and create a little
1 or 2 minute video info-mercial showing how easy and fun it is to take V=
RE. We
will pick three winners 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place and post them on our You Tube site. First Place winner also receive=
s a
FREE monthly ticket. Second Place winner
receives two Ten-Trip Tickets, and the Third Place winner will receive on=
e
Ten-Trip Ticket. Submit by e-mail to aking@vre.org and please also inc=
lude your name,
phone number and your origination and destination stations. =
The contest will run until July 31st,
2012 so you have time to think of something really cool. Ent=
ries will be accepted any time up to that
date. If you want to work together as a group, the entire group will win
tickets. By submitting an entry, you
agree to let VRE post it on our You Tube page.
Tell Us Your=
Best VRE Story:
 Now that we have been in s=
ervice for twenty
years, a lot of you have been riding for a long time. We=E2=80=
=99ve been hearing some tales from our riders
at =E2=80=9CMeet the Management=E2=80=9D events but we would like you to =
share your best VRE
story with your fellow riders. Enter
your story by sending an e-mail to aking@vre.org
by July 31st. The Top 20 winners will be published in the VRE Update
newsletter and receive a VRE T-Shirt & baseball cap. Ple=
ase include your full name and mailing
address.  By entering this contest, you
agree to let us publish the material. No limit on the number of words.
Train Drawin=
g Contest for Kids:
Are there any riders wi=
th kids out there or know some kids
who like to draw?  Have them draw a
picture of a VRE train and enter this contest to win an =E2=80=9CN=E2=80=9D=
Scale VRE Model
Train Set. The set includes a replica of
our new locomotive, a cab car and two passenger cars ($185.00 Value).
Must be aged 14 or under to win. Mail drawings to =
Ann King at VRE, 1500 King
St., Suite 202, Alexandria, VA  22314.  Include name and age of child, mailing
address and phone number. Also, by entering this contest, you are giving =
us
permission to publish the drawings and post them on our web site. No limi=
tation
on the size of the drawing or materials used to create it. Deadline to re=
ceive
drawings is July 31st, 2012.
Send us Your=
Used Tickets:

(no remaining value) complete with your Name, mailing address, phone numb=
er,
e-mail address, and which line you ride. 
We will enter the tickets in two drawings: one for the Manassas Li=
ne and
one for the Fredericksburg line.  Mail
them to: Ann King at VRE, 1500 King St., Suite 202, Alexandria, VA&=
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22314 by June 15th. The drawings will be held o=
n the actual
anniversary dates: June 22 for the Manassas line and July 20th on
the Fredericksburg line. One winner from
each line will win a complete =E2=80=9CN=E2=80=9D scale train set, plus a=
power pack and basic
oval track ($290.00 value). The train
set includes one locomotive, one cab car and two passenger cars.&nb=
sp; 
Winners will be contacted and also announced
in Train Talk.

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