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VRE warns of storm delays

Virginia Railway Express officials said riders could face delays Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole.

If a flash flood warning is issued for the region, VRE officials said flood-related speed restrictions will go into effect. Right now, flash flood watches are already in place for the region through Thursday evening.

VRE officials said if restrictions are in place, Manassas Line trains moving south of Alexandria would only be able to travel up to 15 mph, which could result in a delay of at least one hour.

Fredericksburg Line trains and those moving north of Alexandria, would be able to travel up to 40 mph except near bridges and culverts. In those locations, trains would be forced to slow to 15 mph. VRE officials said Fredericksburg Line passengers would face at least a 30-minute delay if restrictions are in place.

VRE will remain in close contact with Norfolk Southern and CSX, the host railroads for the Manassas and Fredericksburg lines, and notify passengers if a flood warning or restrictions are put into place, VRE officials said.

-- Jennifer Buske

By Michael Bolden  | September 29, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuting, Metro, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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