The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter rail service that connects Northern Virginia suburbs with Washington, D.C.Last Updated: Unknown
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VRE is a commuter rail service operating in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., covering an 83-mile system with two lines and 18 stations. It primarily serves commuters traveling into Washington, D.C., in the morning and returning to either Manassas or Fredericksburg in the evening, during weekdays. VRE trains travel northbound in the morning towards Washington and southbound during the evening towards Manassas (along I-66) and Fredericksburg (along I-95). The service aims to provide a reliable and comfortable option for daily commuters in the region.
Virginia Railway Express was formed in 1989 as a joint creation of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. Its initial service to Manassas began on June 22, 1992, followed by service to Fredericksburg on July 20, 1992. The service was initiated to address the commuting needs of the growing suburban population in Northern Virginia. VRE faced early challenges including legal negotiations over trackage rights and manufacturing delays of the train coaches. The trains and tracks are operated and maintained through contracts with various entities, including Amtrak, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern. The original motive power for VRE included a mix of locomotives and coaches from various manufacturers, gradually evolving to include more modern and efficient models.