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VRE marks its 20-year anniversary
Date published: 7/21/2012
The Virginia Railway Express has turned 20.
On July 20, 1992, the first VRE trains picked up passengers in the Fredericksburg area. The trains started running out of Manassas a month earlier.
A lot has changed since then.
The commuter rail system has had its ups and downs over the years, but it has grown exponentially, especially in recent years.
The average number of daily VRE rider trips to and from Northern Virginia and D.C. now hovers at around 20,000, with more than
Of VRE's top-10 daily rider trip records, all but one were set in 2011. That one other mark was set this year.
While the daily records aren't being broken this year, the commuter rail system is running ahead of the 2011 pace.
The success of VRE also comes with pitfalls, such as how to handle the growth and how to pay for it.
One key to fixing that, he said, is finding more space to store mid-day trains.
"We have options," he said, adding that VRE will find a way to keep up with the growing ridership.
With that growth, though, the trains and parking lots have become crowded and fares have been raised to help with rising operational costs.