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Union Station Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Union Station Rennovation

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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Union Station Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Union Station Rennovatio=
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On Monday, September 30, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (US=
RC), Amtrak, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation (AAC), and Federal City Co=
uncil will mark the 25th anniversary of the historic grand reopening of W=
ashington Union Station with select activities throughout the station, in=
cluding:

Photo displays of the station’s evolution, along with artifacts and s=
tation restoration facts placed throughout the West Hall and Main Hall.
An interactive model of the station’s master plan, highlighting the f=
uture vision to further expand the station and rail yard into a greater m=
ultimodal and commercial hub. Amtrak and Akridge (our development partner=
) representatives will be onsite from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to present t=
he model and answer questions.
The Union Station Preservation Coalition will be onsite to provide in=
formation on the station’s history and architecture.Select Union Station =
retail and food merchants will offer exclusive one-day promotions.
A list of participating retailers can be found by downloading the a=
ttached flyer.
A video display of the “Union Station 25th Anniversary”, developed by=
The Federal City Council with an introduction by Mr. Boardman. You can a=
lso view the video on our Great American Stations website next week.

Washington Union Station reopened its doors on September 29, 1988, wit=
h a full-day of celebration capped with a gala dinner after a three-year =
transformative rehabilitation project. The largest public/private partner=
ship of its kind at that time funded the $160 million restoration effort =
as a result of the Union Station Redevelopment Act of 1981 establishing t=
he effort to restore the station to its historic grandeur.

“This collaborative rehabilitation project provided Amtrak with =
a home for its national corporate headquarters, served as the catalyst fo=
r neighborhood development, and helped spark a renaissance of national pa=
ssenger rail service,” said Amtrak President and CEO, Joe Boardman.=
“Since the station’s reopening, Amtrak ridership in Washingt=
on, D.C., has more than doubled and we continue to see record growth.&rdq=
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Today, the station serves over 32 million visitors annually, and there=
is a continued focus on station enhancements. Future plans to improve an=
d expand the station are on the horizon guided by the Union Station Maste=
r Plan.

For more information on the Union Station Redevelopment efforts, please visit URDC’s website.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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Weekly Newsletter

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Quantico Vendor Back Open for Ticket Sales

Regular Fare Tickets are available again for =
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cash, credit and debit cards at our new Quantico vendor. Senior, Youth an=
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purchase.

Vendor information:

Ricks Roasters Coffee Company

550 Railroad Ave

Quantico, VA

Mon-Fri: 5:00a-10:00a & 3:00=
p-8:00p

(703) 640-=
9781

http://ricksroasters.com

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A Union Station Anniversary

On Monday, September=
30, USRC, Amtrak, AAC, Union Station Preservation=20
Coalition and the Federal City Council will celebrate the silver=20
anniversary of the re-opening of Union Station with activities throughout=
the station. Photo displays,=20
artifacts and station highlights will be placed throughout the West =20
Hall and Main Hall. The Master Plan demonstrating the future development
will be on display with experts on site to answer questions. Member=20
from the Union Station Preservation Coalition will also be on site.=20
Commemorative merchandise will be sold and select station vendors will=20=

offer promotional specials. We hope you can join us to celebrate this=20=

special occasion! 

The expansive restoration took place from January 1985 t=
o September 1988, restoring the building back to the grandeur original a=
rchitect, Daniel Burnham, had once envisioned.  Exciting retail and=
improved transportation amenities put Union Station back on the map as =
an economic powerhouse in the city and the catalyst to revitalize the su=
rrounding neighborhood.

Columbus Day, “S” Schedule

This
year, contrary to tradition, we will run an “S” schedule service on
Columbus Day (Monday, October 14th) and use data from that day to determi=
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what service, if any, we will run on other =E2=80=9Csoft=E2=80=9D holiday=
s, like Veterans Day,
MLK, President=E2=80=99s Day, =E2=80=A6etc.

Manassas Veterans Da=
y Parade

November 9th will =
be the 5th annual Manassas Veterans Day Parade to be held in Old Town, Ma=
nassas, Virginia. This year=E2=80=99s parade, which will begin at 11 a.m.=
, will pay special recognition to all Desert Shield and Storm veterans.

For more information regarding this=
event visit http://www.vetpar.org.

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A Message from VRE

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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A Message from VRE

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VRE is saddened by this senseless tragedy and our thoughts are with =
those families impacted today’s events at the Navy Yard.

In light of the events unfolding at the Navy Yard, we wanted to reach =
out to our riders to inform them of how this might impact service and the=
ir commute this afternoon.

At this time VRE is planning to operate its regular schedule at all s=
tations, including L’Enfant Plaza. If circumstances should change because=
of the situation in the District we will notify everyone immediately.

As always, your safety is our number one priority. 
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Rippon elevator back in service.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Rippon elevator back in service.

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Rippon elevator back in service.

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Rippon Elevator is currently out of service

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Rippon Elevator is currently out of service

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Rippon elevator has been reported out of service. We apologize for a=
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Join VRE Management Today at Noon to discuss VRE service

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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Join VRE Management Today at Noon to discuss VRE service

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means questi=
on and answer time with VRE’s Operations Management team! Please join Dep=
uty CEO/Chief Operating Officer, Rich Dalton, Director of Rail Operations=
, Chris Henry. They will answer as many service-related questions as poss=
ible for one hour today beginning at noon.

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Riders wishing to ask questions can visit www.vre.org=
/chatterbox in order to participate. Simply click the “Ask&rdqu=
o; button to submit a question, or you can just sit back and watch the co=
nversation flow.

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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 available afte=
r the fact on our Web site at www.v=
re.org/feedback/forums/archives.htm

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Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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Weekly Newsletter

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Weekly Newsletter

On-Line Forum, Tomorrow at N=
oon

Tomorrow is the first Wedn=
esday of the month which only
means that VRE’s on-line forum is back. Again, we will feature our Deputy=
CEO/COO, Rich Dalton, as well as our Director of Rail Operations, Chris
Henry, and maybe some surprise guests. They will answer as many service-r=
elated questions for one hour
beginning at noon.

Both veteran and new rider=
s alike can ask questions can at www.vre.org/chatterbox in order to
participate. Simply click the =E2=80=9CAsk=E2=80=9D button to submit a qu=
estion, or you can
just sit back and watch the conversation flow.

If you can=E2=80=99t join =
us, you can submit your
question early and check back later to see if it was answered. Transcript=
s are
also available after the fact on our Web site at www.vre.org/feedback/forums=
/archives.htm

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This Columbus Day – “S” Schedule

This year, contrary to tradition=
, we will run an “S” schedule service on
Columbus Day (Monday, October 14th) and use data from that day to
determine what service, if any, we will run on other =E2=80=9Csoft=E2=80=9D=
holidays, like
Veteran=E2=80=99s Day, MLK, President=E2=80=99s Day, =E2=80=A6etc.

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