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VRE to hold hearings on new trains

The Virginia Railway Express will hold a series of public hearings on a proposed service change that, if approved, would allow the commuter-rail operation to add new and longer trains.

VRE officials proposed to have two morning trains, one on each line, and two evening trains terminate and originate at L'Enfant inside of Union Station. By doing so, VRE officials said, they would have the storage space needed to add two cars to Manassas line trains 326 and 329, add one car to Fredericksburg trains 308 and 311 and add two cars to Fredericksburg line trains 300 and 307.

The commuter rail service has also proposed to add a morning express train on the Frederickburg line that would leave at 5:05 a.m. and stop only at Leeland Road, Brooke, Alexandria, Crystal City, L'Enfant and Union Station.

Public hearings will be held in Fredericksburg, Manassas, Burke Centre, Woodbridge, Alexandria and Washington, respectively. The schedule is as follows: March 10 at 7 p.m., Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.; March 16 at 7 p.m., Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center St.; March 23 at 7 p.m., Burke Centre Conservancy, 5701 Roberts Parkway; March 24 at 7 p.m., PRTC building, 14700 Potomac Mills Rd.; March 30 at 12 p.m., VRE office, 1500 King St., Suite 102, and March 31 at 12 p.m., Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave.

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-- Jennifer Buske

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 24, 2010; 4:51 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express , transit  
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trains terminate and originate at L'Enfant inside of Union Station??? That makes no sense.

Posted by: jcepler1 | February 24, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

JC: "inside" should say "instead"

Just curious, to any VRE riders out there: what percentage of passengers would you say get off at L'E versus Union Station?

The extra info on the VRE website suggests that passengers will just be able to wait 10-15 minutes for the next train that will continue to Union Station, but I'd imagine most would just choose to use the Metro somewhere instead.

Posted by: Chris737 | February 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

VRE = Cars crowded with overweight, self important, government workers. I'd rather dive alone.

Posted by: L1ncon | February 28, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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