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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Regular VRE service expected Fri.

By Jennifer Buske
Mark Berman

(This post has been updated)

VRE is operating on the "S" schedule today. Their biggest train sets, consisting of eight cars, will run on trains 332 (departing Broad Run at 7:50 a.m.) and 312 (departing Fredericksburg at 7:40 a.m.). Decisions about tomorrow's service will be made by 4:30 a.m., but officials said they anticipate going back to a full schedule.

For the most part, the commuter rails fared better than the roads during Wednesday's storm.

Virginia Railway Officials said they didn't experience any mechanical issues in the snowstorm, but they had some problems with downed trees and frozen signals. The longest delay was on a Manassas line train, which was stranded between Clifton and Manassas Park while crews removed six downed trees. The roughly 20 people onboard got to the last station around midnight, VRE officials said.

A few other trains were delayed 15-20 minutes due to overcrowding. VRE officials said there were 200-plus people standing on afternoon and evening trains as some people turned from the roads to the rails. With so many standees, it took extra time for people to disembark at stations, VRE officials said.

Because of the weight of trains and the shape of the locomotive, trains can plow through snow with ease, VRE officials said.

This morning, Manassas line trains ran on time, however VRE experienced delays on train 306 due to a switch failure and 310 due to a faulty tire. The roughly 20 passengers on 310 were transferred to train 312.

VRE will continue with its "S" schedule today, with Fredericksburg line trains 301, 303, 307 and 311 and Manassas line trains 325, 327, 331 and 335 operating this afternoon and evening.

By Jennifer Buske  | January 27, 2011; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express  
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Any update on MetroBus and the other local buses schedules for this evening? Will they only run on snow emergency routes or will service be returning to normal? Specially wondering if Ride-On is normal service or the "S" service tonight. Thanks.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 27, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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