Role Riders Play in Return to Normal

You’ve probably heard these health and safety guidelines thousands of times since March 2020, from VRE as well as from local leaders and national health organizations:

  • Wash your hands, and sanitize your hands as needed 
  • Practice social distancing 
  • Wear a face covering per the executive order (constructed of multiple layers per the Centers for Disease Control)
  • Stay home if you are sick, etc.

There is little dispute to the effectiveness of these measures in containing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and other contagious diseases.

What you may not have heard as often is why it is so critically important to follow these guidelines when taking public transportation. In order to get back to normal as safely as we can on VRE’s trains, we are calling on all of our riders to be respectful by adhering to these basic rules. Right now, it is all about respect for your fellow VRE passengers and our crews who continue to provide these essential services.

Successful Mitigation Requires a Partnership

VRE is doing everything we can to establish safety and health protocols to ensure the safe return of our riders, but of course you, the rider, play the most vital role in virus mitigation efforts. For example, VRE railcars are disinfected twice a day with special attention paid to frequently touched surfaces. Even with the extra precautionary steps taken by our teams to defeat the spread of the virus, we all need VRE passengers to comply with these guidelines to be as successful as possible.

Wearing a face covering on board is a requirement for most people per the Governor's office and federal mandate, and may even be the most important step we all can take together in order to return to more normal conditions. 

Also, while we clean our ticket vending machines daily, the best way to ensure a clean surface is to "put the ticket machine in your pocket" -- meaning it may be time to consider the switch to VRE Mobile. VRE Mobile allows you to purchase and validate tickets from your phone. If you have questions about VRE Mobile or would like assistance to switch from paper, please visit

Words of Gratitude and a Pledge to our Riders

We are sincerely grateful to our riders during this time for maintaining social distancing from both passengers and crew. To our loyal VRE riders who have been teleworking, we thank you for doing your part and look forward to welcoming you back. We are proud that our passengers who are not able to telework during this time continue to trust us to provide a safe and convenient commute, and will continue to look for ways to improve upon our already clean and safe service.



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Crystal City Station Improvements
Update: Crystal City Station Improvements

The Crystal City Station Improvements project is scheduled to complete the Preliminary Engineering (PE) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review phase of the project by spring 2021. The station improvements include an island platform with two entrances within the existing railroad right-of-way.