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Friday, October 5th, 2012

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Clifton Day, Sunday Oct 7th
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Clifton Day is a n=
on-profit event, raising funds for a variety of local organizations. The =
festival includes arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, the Town Mar=
ket, live music, children=E2=80=99s activities and lots of good food. Cli=
fton Day is on the Sunday before Columbus Day.
For dir=
ections and train times visit: http://www.cliftonday.com/content/getting-=
clifton.
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Monday Oct. 8, Columb=
us Day – No VRE Service

Monday Oct. 8th is Columb=
us Day. There will be no VRE service.
Service will resume Tuesday, Oct. 9th.

Fredericksburg Trains 302/303

Good news for ri=
ders on trains #302 and #303. Starting next Tuesday, a seventh car will b=
e added to your trains set.

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CSX Tie Replacement Begins Next Week

CSX will replace ties and surface track between
Alexandria to just south of Woodbridge next week. The work
will start on the far track in Alexandria and will eventually affect both=
tracks. 
The teams will begin work after the passage of the last
VRE evening train and conclude before Train 300 arrives in the work area.=
Slow orders will be applied for a period of tim=
e on all areas of
disturbed track. The work should conclude by December 1.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as
we work to improve the CSX infrastructure.

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Safety Reminders

As VRE=
continues to upgrade our station facilities you will
notice various sections of your familiar station surroundings barricaded =
off,
or taped off with warning signs, construction safety tape, construction c=
ones
or barrels. During construction and maintenance activities, VRE requires =
all
contractors to perform their contractual duties with the utmost care for =
the
safety of our passengers who frequent our stations and the parking lots
adjacent to the stations. However, the expectation is that you, our VRE
passengers, too, take personal responsibility to adhere to these warnings=
and
not intentionally take risks navigating these construction areas that are=
=E2=80=9Cout
of service=E2=80=9D. If a section of a station or parking lot that you fr=
equent is
inaccessible due to ongoing maintenance or construction, please do not
disregard these warnings.
The same philosophy applies to law enforcement tape that you=

might encounter at any of our stations or parking lots. We have received
several reports of passengers willfully disregarding the police tape that=
was
used to cordon off sections of the VRE L=E2=80=99Enfant platform during t=
he
investigation into the suspicious package on October  2, 2012. Such =
will
full disregard places you in danger, and also complicates the response ef=
forts
and times for the first responders who are trying to complete the investi=
gation
and restore normalcy as quickly and as safely as they can.

VR=
E want you and anyone else who rides our trains, who
frequents our stations and uses the parking lots adjacent to them to go h=
ome in
the same condition they arrived – alive and well.

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DRPT Comment
Period Extended to October 30

The
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) today announced
the extension of the public comment period for the Super NoVa Transit/TDM=

Vision Plan Draft Recommendations to October
30, 2012.  The comment period was extended to ensure the public has =
an
adequate opportunity to review and comment on the draft recommendations f=
or the
region.  Links to meeting materials and a comment form are provided =
below
for your convenience.

The purpose
of this plan is to identify travel needs and gaps in bus, rail and
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs and services, and to iden=
tify a
vision for improvements designed to improve mobility by reducing the numb=
er of
single occupancy vehicles.
The draft
recommendations include:
=C2=A7  Ex=
pansive commuter bus network
throughout the region
=C2=A7  In=
terconnected network of
high-capacity transit services in the region=E2=80=99s urban areas
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=C2=A7  Ne=
twork of hubs to connect people to
transportation services and programs
=C2=A7  In=
creased coordination of local
transit services across jurisdictional boundaries
=C2=A7  Pe=
destrian and bicycle improvements
to enhance connections to transit services and facilities
=C2=A7  Co=
mprehensive regional TDM strategy
and programs
=C2=A7  Le=
veraging technology to enable
people to make informed decisions about travel
Please Share Your Thoughts
Your participation is important. We encourage you to t=
ake a few
minutes to review meeting materials and complete a very brief questionnai=
re
online.

Presentation
(PDF, 1.78 MB)
Display
Boards (PDF, 4.92 MB)
Questionnaire
(PDF, 6.44 KB) =E2=80=93 New deadline October 30, 2012
Questionnaire
(Electronic) =E2=80=93 New deadline October 30, 2012 You
also may mail your comments to: Attn:
Super NoVa Transit/TDM Vision Plan,
11400 Commerc=
e Park Drive, Suite 400
, Reston, VA 20191

Do you need assistance to participate?
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The
DRPT will strive to provide reasonable accommodations and services for pe=
rsons
who require special assistance to participate in this public involvement
opportunity. Contact the Title VI Compliance Officer, Linda Maiden, at (8=
04)
786-4440 or TDD 711 for more information.
Si usted necesita servicios de traducci=C3=B3n a parti=
cipar, por favor
manda un email: espanol@kimley-horn.com
Stay Connected Online:
Website: www.supernovatransitvision.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuperNoVaTransitTDM

Twitter: http://=
twitter.com/SNoVaTransitTDM

Metro Riders’ Advisory Council Seeks Ne=
w Members

Metro’s Riders’ Advisory Council is looking f=
or riders to fill nine available positions on the volunteer council. Posi=
tions are available for residents in the District of Columbia (2), Montgo=
mery County (3), Prince George=E2=80=99s County (1) and Fairfax County (2=
). There is also one at-large position available to a resident of any jur=
isdiction served by Metro.
The 21-member council is made up o=
f six individuals each from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columb=
ia, two at-large members and the Chairman of Metro’s Accessibility Adviso=
ry Committee. The Council advises the agency’s Board of Directors on issu=
es affecting Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess service. It was created =
in December 2005 to improve communications with riders.
Indivi=
duals on the Riders’ Advisory Council represent a cross-section of Metro=E2=
=80=99s riders from across the region. The Council includes people with d=
ifferent riding patterns, people who use Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAcc=
ess, transit-dependent people, people with disabilities, people who trave=
l both short and long distances.
Persons interested in applyi=
ng should complete the online form or=
complete and mail an application.
Applications are also av=
ailable at:

Metro sales offices: Metro Center, Anacostia, =
Pentagon Transit Center, Metro headquarters.Montgomery County TRiPS stores: Friendshi=
p Heights, Silver Spring.Fairfax County Connector Stores: Franconia-Springfield Metro=
station, Herndon Monroe Park & Ride, Reston Town Center Transit Stat=
ion, Tysons West Park Transit Station.

Applications must =
be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 12. Applicants must be regular r=
iders of Metrobus, Metrorail and/or MetroAccess.
Metro employ=
ees, contractors or elected officials are not eligible to apply. All posi=
tions are unpaid.

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Statement About Last Night’s Delays

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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Statement About Last Night’s Delays

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If you missed our on-line Forum today, Rich Dalton, Director of Rail E=
quipment and Services, and Chris Henry, Director of Rail Operations, star=
ted off the chat with the statement below:

 

We would first like to start off by saying we apologize for any in=
conveniences experienced last night as a result of the disruption. In tod=
ay’s world, we have to take every threat seriously as we constantly work =
with local police and host railroads to keep our passengers safe. As you =
may know, Metropolitan PD was conducting an investigation of a suspicious=
package near our L’Enfant station. While that package was not near the t=
racks, it was in close enough proximity to warrant stopping all rail traf=
fic through the area.

Around 3:30p, we were informed of police activity at the L’Enfant =
station. We immediately called Metropolitan PD to ask what was going on a=
nd they informed us of the investigation. At first they told CSX they did=
n’t need to hold rail traffic as it was far enough away not to affect our=
passengers. Eventually, as the investigation went on, the police then de=
cided it was necessary to close rail traffic at about 4:10p. It took them=
another hour to wrap up their investigation and give the all clear to pr=
oceed.

As many veteran riders know, when lengthy delays (half an hour or =
more) occur at the beginning of the trip, we need to address the crowding=
that will occur and lengthy delays we already have. We understand that s=
kipping stations is not a popular decision and only do it when absolutely=
necessary. Bypassing stations allows us to spread out passengers among s=
everal trains to reduce crowding. Also, this puts more space in between t=
o allow the trains to go faster to get you home. Imagine when there is co=
ngestion on the highway; when you have so many vehicles so close to anoth=
er, they have to slow down so they don’t hit each other. The only way to =
safely achieve maximum speed is when there is enough room between the car=
s. It is the same for our trains on the tracks.

Please know that skipping stations is made in the best interest of=
the riders and railroad as a whole. Trains are less crowded and trains a=
re able to move faster. Again, we understand the frustration of seeing a =
train pass by. And although you may see empty seats, they will definitely=
get filled up by the riders at the stations downline who are also delaye=
d. Some feel that our communication was not up to par and know your criti=
cism has been heard. While we sent out numerous emails about what was goi=
ng on, we know not everybody got that info. Clear, correct, succinct info=
rmation is our goal every time during these events as we know that good i=
nformation does a lot to lessen frustration.

Finally thank you for your patience though yesterday’s disruption =
and reading this explanation. Now, on to the questions! 

 

If you would like to see how the rest of our monthly on-line for=
um went, please visit
http://vre.org/feedback/forums/2012/October.=
pdf .

As always, thanks for riding VRE.

 

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On-Line Forum Today at Noon

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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On-Line Forum Today at Noon

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Join VRE Man=
agement to discuss VRE service 

It’s the first of the month so that means we are having our monthly =
on-line forum. Again, we will feature our Director of Rail Equipment, Ric=
h Dalton, as well as our Director of Rail Operations, Chris Henry. They w=
ill answer as many service-related questions for one hour beginning at no=
on. (We are sure that you have many questions about last night’s service,=
so they will be ready!)

Riders wishing to ask questions can visit www.vr=
e.org/chatterbox in order to participate. Simply click the “Ask=
” button to submit a question, or you can just sit back and watch t=
he 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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