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VRE proposes fare revisions


Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has proposed changes to its fare structure — increasing some fares, but offering discounts on others.

Although VRE’s zone increment and base fare would increase, the agency would introduce a five-day pass at a 20 percent discount. Eighty-eight percent of the agency’s passengers take the train four or more consecutive days, according to a prepared statement.

The agency then would decrease the discount for 10-ride passes to 5 percent because the five-day pass would be more cost efficient for passengers, according to a prepared statement.

VRE also would discount monthly tickets 33 percent and extend expiration dates from six months to one year.

As VRE focuses more on its core business — providing commuter service to the Washington, D.C., business district — the agency plans to revise its cross-honorship agreement with Amtrak. VRE has proposed eliminating cross-honorship for Amtrak weekend service, and implementing a $1 to $3 fee for weekday VRE ticket holders who want to transfer to Amtak trains. Currently, the agency pays Amtrak $10 for each ride a VRE passenger takes on an Amtrak train — totaling about $1 million annually.

VRE plans to hold public hearings on the proposed fare changes from late March through early April. If approved, fare changes would go into effect June 28.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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