News Flash

County News

Posted on: November 16, 2020

The VRE Is Taking Comprehensive Steps to Ensure Safety of Riders


The Coronavirus pandemic and mass teleworking caused I-95 to be empty for several months with easy commutes for those who had to get out. With more people returning to work, the roads are becoming more crowded again. Stafford County is working with its transportation partner, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), to safely encourage residents to return to mass transit. VRE has taken comprehensive steps to ensure its riders' health and safety and offers a less stressful commute north.

These measures include an enhanced cleaning regimen, installing social-distancing decals and hand-sanitizer dispensers on rail cars and platforms, and a facial covering requirement. To ensure social distancing, decals guide riders to window seats in every other row. Only 45 of 130 seats in any rail car are available to passengers. Currently, no more than 50 percent of those open seats are in use. VRE has a special train utilization web page that helps riders find the train that best matches their social-distance comfort level. The rail system closely monitors ridership and adds and lengthens trains to allow for proper social distancing.

VRE cleans it trains twice a day. Overnight cleanings use acidic electrolyzed water, a potent yet non-irritating disinfectant. The acid produced by electrolyzing the water can be 100 times more powerful than the active ingredient in bleach. Produced on-demand, this environmentally friendly product uses only salt, tap water, and electricity.

VRE has two stations in Stafford County – Brooke and Leland Road, both on the Fredericksburg Line. Stafford invests over $2.4M currently as a VRE to provide options for commuters. The rail service operates on a reduced schedule, with nine trains running northbound weekday mornings and southbound in the evenings. VRE has a mobile app that allows for the contactless purchase and validation of tickets. Learn more at



Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in County News


Celebrate Halloween 2020 Safely

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Plan Ahead to Complete DMV Business

Posted on: August 14, 2020

How to Vote Absentee

Posted on: August 11, 2020

County Asks Residents to Prepare

Posted on: August 3, 2020

Stafford Asking for Help with Masks

Posted on: March 23, 2020

FY2021 Budget Update

Posted on: March 6, 2020

Voting 2020: Where to Find Information

Posted on: February 27, 2020

Aquia Town Center Update

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Help Coming for Hydrilla at Lake Mooney

Posted on: February 13, 2020

The Unseen Role of the Dillon Rule

Posted on: January 16, 2020

Flushing Wipes Clogs Pipes

Posted on: October 31, 2019

Brooke Road Opens to Drivers

Posted on: October 28, 2019

DEQ Issues Drought Watch Statewide

Posted on: October 17, 2019

Update on Brooke Road Reopening Delay

Posted on: October 3, 2019
brooke road

Update: Brooke Road Reopening Delayed

Posted on: September 27, 2019

2019 Transportation Bond: Major Projects

Posted on: September 19, 2019

Preparation Is the Key in Emergencies

Posted on: September 17, 2019