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VRE expands express train

The Virginia Railway Express will add another car Tuesday to its new morning express train to accommodate the influx of riders, VRE officials said.

The train, which leaves Fredericksburg at 5:05 a.m., maxed out at Leeland Road Station, forcing roughly 100 riders who joined the train later to stand. The three-car train has about 425 seats, said VRE Operations Board Chairman Paul Milde, who rode the express Monday.

"Clearly this idea was a good and popular one," Milde said. "The worst thing that could have happened would [have been] if it was underutilized, a financial drain and an inefficient use of our resources. We can work with this."

VRE officials said Tuesday they will trade four-car Train 312, which leaves at 7:40 a.m., with the express train to provide additional seats for the early morning commuters. VRE officials said they will monitor ridership before making any more significant changes to the number of cars on trains.

While the morning train was popular, it, along with other Fredericksburg Line trains, experienced significant delays Monday due to issues with CSX's signals and switches. Trains were delayed, on average, by an hour, VRE officials said. CSX has confirmed all signals are working and there should not be delays Monday night because of signal problems. .

-- Jennifer Buske

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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