Ready for the new Virginia Railway Express?
UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. -- The original post read that VRE tickets will no longer be accepted on all Amtrak trains when, in fact, the change only applies to certain Amtrak trains.
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has officially changed operators. Today marked the first day of service run by a company called Keolis, rather than by historic operator Amtrak. The change in contractor saves VRE money.
For this first week of Keolis service, everything is the same as it was under Amtrak, but starting next week there will be some changes.
The most noteworthy change is that since Amtrak no longer runs VRE, VRE tickets will no longer be accepted on certain Amtrak trains. Amtrak will still run its Virginia intercity trains of course, and will continue to stop at the same stations, but you’ll need an actual Amtrak ticket to ride. One new VRE train is being added to the Fredericksburg line to compensate, but it’s still a loss.
Continue reading this post by Dan Malouff at Beyond DC here.
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.
| July 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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