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Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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Step-Up Buy =
Down Delayed

Unfortunately, the=
plan to buy down the price of Amtrak step-ups from $5 to $3 has been del=
ayed. We
were hoping to have this completed January 1st and then again on February=
1st, but we were unable to proceed until the Commonwealth of Virginia si=
gned off on the step-up
price commitment.

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We’re still waiting for this sign off. While we’re told it shouldn’t be m=
uch longer of a wait, we no longer have an estimated time completion.

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We are definitely working wi=
th the state to make this happen and feel it will help with the overcrowd=
ing of our trains, but we regret the continual delay. We will send out im=
mediate notices once the agreement contracts are signed.

DDOT Invites Public to Transportation Idea Exchange

*** PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE***

Citizens To Help S=
hape The Future Of
Transportation In The District

Washington D.C.=
=E2=80=93 The District Department of Trans=
portation (DDOT) today announced the
moveDC

Idea Exchange, a
family-friendly public event, held to share ideas about how District resi=
dents,
workers and visitors can have convenient and reliable multimodal options =
that
connect them to economic and quality of life opportunities. Anyone who dr=
ives,
walks, bikes, rides a bus, or takes a train in DC should attend to help s=
hape
the plan to develop a bold, new transportation vision for the District.

The public is
invited to drop in anytime or stay throughout the day to hear information=
,
participate in interactive activities and to join a panel discussion.

What: moveDC
Transportation Idea Exchange


When: Saturd=
ay, February 9, 2013

9:30 =
a.m. =E2=80=93 3:00
p.m. (Transportation Fair, drop in anytime)

10:30=
a.m. =E2=80=93 11:00 a.m. (City Leader Welcome)

11:00
a.m. =E2=80=93 12:30 p.m. (Future of Transportation Panel Discussion)

Where: Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW  &nbs=
p;           &nbsp=
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Get there: Bicyclists: Bike racks are availab=
le outside the main entrance on G
St.

Bikeshare: Kiosks at G
and 12th Streets, NW and H and 8th Streets, NW

Circulator: =
Georgetown-Union
Station Route at K and 9th Streets NW

Metrorail: Metro
Center Station (Blue, Orange and Red Lines)

Gallery Place/Chin=
atown Station (Green,
Red and Yellow Lines)

Metrobus: Visit www.wmata.c=
om

Parking: Handicap-accessible:
G Street in front of the library in designated spaces.

Off-street:
997 G Place NW, 720 10th Street NW, and 701 8th Street NW


Agenda:

City Leaders=E2=
=80=99 Welcome (10:30 am =E2=80=93 11:00 am)

Future of Trans=
portation Panel Discussion (11:00 am =E2=80=93 12:30 pm)
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Interactive discussion focused on transportation and…

The Competitive City

Neighborhood Vitality

Shared Prosperity

The Sustainable City

Transportation =
Fair (9:30 am =E2=80=93 3:00 pm)

Transportation information booths

Fun, interactive activities:

o&nbsp=
My Transportation Wish

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Transportation
Activity Book

o&nbsp=

The
Great Transportation Debate

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Transportation
Innovation Station

o&nbsp=

Choose Your Move

o&nbsp=

How’s
it Moving?

o&nbsp=

Street
Dreams

o&nbsp=

Last
Call

Giveaways

With a
rapidly-growing population and the increasing demands on the whole system=
, it
is essential to take steps to keep DC moving. The Idea Excha=
nge will introduce moveDC,
a collaborative transportation planning effort to incorporate all methods=
of
transportation in the District of Columbia into a single Multimodal Long =
Range
Transportation Plan.

=E2=80=9CThis plan=
ning
effort will help shape the future of transportation in the District,=E2=80=
=9D said DDOT
Director Terry Bellamy. =E2=80=9CThis plan will
focus on bringing together transit, vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian and fr=
eight
recommendations to create a seamless, convenient transportation system fo=
r the
District.=E2=80=9D

moveDC is led by DDOT’s Policy, Planning and
Sustainability Administration (PPSA) and is expected
to be completed by early 2014. After the Idea Exchange, there will be
workshops, public meetings, surveys, and other ways to stay engaged in th=
e
process.
Follow the project online at
www.wemoveDC.org, on Facebook (=
www.faceboo=
k.com/WeMoveDC
) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/wemovedc).

For those who need=
special accommodations or language assistance
services (translation or interpretation), please contact Jordyne Blaise, =
Office
of Civil Rights,
202-671-5117
or Jordyne.Blaise@dc.gov by February
6, 2013. These services will be provided free of charge.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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Weekly Newsletter

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No VRE Service Mond=
ay, January 21st

In observance of the
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday VRE will not be running service on Monday,=

January 21st.

Re=
gular service will
resume Tuesday, January 22nd. 

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Burke Centre Riders – Keep the “BUS ONLY” area clear for bus tr=
affic

We are, unfortunately, having iss=
ues with some VRE
passengers who are using the Burke VRE bus loop as an unauthorized kiss-n=
-ride. This is presenting an operational problem for the buses and is a s=
afety concern
(for both the buses and the cars).

Cars that park in the “BUSES ONLY” bus bays while waiting for the incom=
ing trains will begin to be fined by Fairfax County police.

Please do not park in the bus loop and do not bl=
ock buses. We appreciate your assistance.

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Winter Weather

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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Winter Weather

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VRE is operating full service tomorrow, January 17, 2013

As you may or may not know, winter weather is expected to hit our area=
beginning tomorrow afternoon. VRE still plans operating its normal sched=
ule tomorrow, but may move the bigger trainsets to operate earlier aftern=
oon trains if we think passengers plan to leave work early tomorrow.

We will make a decision about Friday’s service closer to that time, bu=
t will make an announcement no later than 4:30am that morning if we decid=
e to alter service.

 

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News You Can Use

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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News You Can Use

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News You Can Use

New Transit Benefit Limit

As
many of you are aware, the transit benefit amount has the potential now t=
o be
raised to $240/month. The information below is from the DOD Washington
Headquarters Services website and explains the process for VRE passengers=
to
obtain their benefits. As we receive information from other
agencies/employers, we will also forward it on.

Increase to Maximu=
m Monthly Limit

Please read the following =
notification in its entirety.
This information may affect your mass transit benefits.

What?

The American Taxpayer Reli=
ef Act of 2012 increases the
maximum monthly statutory limit for mass transit benefits to $240* for ca=
lendar
year 2013. Participants are now eligible to submit claims for their certi=
fied
commuting expenses up to the new maximum limit. (* amount subject to chan=
ge
based on IRS guidance)

What do you Need to do?=

Submit your claim for bene=
fits as usual up to your
certified commuting expenses. Your most recently approved commuting expen=
ses
are on file. There is no need to submit a change application for this inc=
rease
unless you need to update your commuting expenses. To view your most rece=
ntly
approved application that includes your expenses, please visit Participant S=
tatus
.

Please submit your
claim
for February benefits.

Important Note: Riders of =
third party transit providers
may need to take additional actions. Third party transit providers are th=
ose
modes of transportation that DO NOT have a SmarTrip card reader on board.=

Please see important additional instructions below.

What if I already Submi=
tted a Claim for Next Month’s
Benefit?

Please submit a NEW claim =
for your certified commuting
expenses up to the maximum monthly limit of $240. By entering a new claim=
, your
previous claim for February will be overwritten. Please submit your revised claim.

Attention riders of third =
party transit providers – you
may need to adjust your allocation. Depending on your mode of Transit, yo=
u must
notify Commuter Direct or WMATA (Metro) of the adjustment you wish to mak=
e to
your allocation amount. Otherwise, your previously specified amount will =
be
sent to your transit provider. Any unallocated benefits will remain on yo=
ur
SmarTrip card for Metrorail or Metrobus use.

MARC and VRE riders

By January 16, 2013, you m=
ust log into your
CommuterDirect account and adjust the total amount you wish to allocate t=
o
purchase your monthly pass.

Follow the detailed guide for
updating your CommuterDirect allocation at How to
Change your SmartBenefits Allocation
. CommuterDirect =
may be
reached at 703-228-7433 for assistance.

Vanpools, MTA Buses, MA=
RTZ, Quicks Bus,
Metro Access and all other third party allocations

By January 20, 2013, you m=
ust update your allocation with
WMATA (Metro).

Login to your WMATA
(Metro) allocation account
Click on =
“Bill Payments”
then “Make Payments”
Click “MOD” to modify
your allocation
Enter your new allocation amountClick Update

A detailed guide for updat=
ing your allocation on WMATA’s
website is available at Van Pools &
Transit Services

 

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News You Can Use

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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Joi=
n Fairfax County

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on Saturday, Jan. 12,

at the Burke Centre VR=
E Station

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to be part of the inaugural trip to Tysons. =

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Speaking program begins at 10 a.m.

 

Burke Centre VRE Station

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10399 Premier Court

Burke, VA 22015

 

Help yourself to coffee or hot chocolate, tour the bus, and learn more =
about =
the Express Connector =
routes and schedules.

For sche=
dules, routes, and other information about

the Express Co=
nnector,

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visit fairfaxconnector.com/express.

 

For more information about the event

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please contact Ellen Kamilakis

at ellen.kamilakis@fairfaxcounty.gov=
.

 

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In the case of inclement weather, this event will be=

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cancelled only if county bus service is suspended.

Check www.fairfaxconnector.com.=
 

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Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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Weekly Newsletter

 

Fairfax County Ribbon Cutting, Sat. Jan. 10th=
, 10 a.m.

Come join Fairfax County officials Saturday morning=
at Burke Centre for the ceremonial launch of the new Fairfax County Tyso=
ns Express bus out of Burke Centre.

The Express Connector bus will start servic=
e between Tysons Corner and Burke, with service from Lorton and Springfie=
ld to start in March. Commuters who take the Virginia Railway Express fro=
m Manassas and Fredericksburg lines will be able to transfer to the Expre=
ss Connector buses at the Burke and Lorton VRE stations. Residents of Man=
assas, in particular, now have access to bus services that they did not h=
ave before.

Once in Tysons Corner, the limited-stop express services from Burke,=
Lorton, and Springfield will have three routes, each serving a different=
part of Tysons. Buses will run every 15 minutes during peak hours weekda=
ys, from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 4:15 to 7 p.m. There will also be two midday =
departures from Tysons Corner. Finalized bus routing and schedules will b=
e available online at the end of October. The one-way fare for the servic=
e is $3.65 and is payable by cash or SmarTrip=C2=AE. However, commuters w=
ho show a valid VRE ticket will ride the Express Connector for free.

To learn mo=
re about the new service, visit www.FairfaxConnector.com/Express or watch=
a youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DM3tXexsWGk4

No VRE Service Monday, January 21st

In observance of=
the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday VRE will not be running service on Mo=
nday, January 21st.

Also, because it is not expected to be as busy as last time=
, we will not be running service on this day for the Presidential Inaugur=
ation.

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Regular service will resume Tuesday, January 22nd. 

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On-Line Forum Today at Noon

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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On-Line Forum Today at Noon

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Join VRE Man=
agement to discuss VRE service 

Happy New Year!

We invite you to join our first On-=
Line Forum of 2013. It’s so cold out today so instead of going out to get=
lunch, consider joining
our Director of Rail Equipment, Rich Dalton, as well as o=
ur Director of Rail Operations, Chris Henry. They will answer as many ser=
vice-related questions as possible for one hour beginning at noon.

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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