Wednesday, November 14, 2012
"Multiple internal control issues" prompt review of Virginia Railway Express management.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked for a review of Virginia Railway Express relating to its goverance and management practices. "There are multiple internal control issues that have arisen recently which are summarized below, which call into question the management of Virginia Railway Express," wrote McDonnell in an Oct. 3 letter to Virginia Inspector General Michael Morehart and Auditor of Public Accounts Walter Kucharski. McDonnell said he'd learned of the issues in question "through multiple sources." At Tuesday night's Fredericksburg City Council Meeting, Ward III Council Member and VRE Board Member Fred Howe announced he was participating in the review process. "The Governor has undertaken a review of VRE based on some whistle …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Virginia Railway Express officials issue a firm written reminder after passengers threaten and shove conductors and each other.
A Virginia Railway Express director recently wrote a lengthy and firm letter to riders, after he received reports of people shoving and threatening conductors who asked them not to queue before their stops and avoid standing in exits. Chris Henry, director of VRE Rail Operations said in the company's "Train Talk" newsletter that the railway has asked passengers numerous times not to push or shove each other, or stand in the aisles before their stop so they can rush off the train. " ... I ride the train daily, usually from Brooke, Fredericksburg, or Broad Run. I have seen the passengers alight at Broad Run and sprint to their cars so that they don't get stuck in the inevitable long line of traffic on Piper Lane. I have seen passengers run …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Reader asks why people seemed more upset over their impeded Wednesday commute than reports of human remains found on the railroad tracks. Are we that unfazed by death? Is getting home from work more important than life itself?
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Editor's Note: This letter was authored before authorities announced that the remains were not human. Dear Jamie: As I rode home Wednesday evening and was about to turn left onto Manassas Drive from Centreville Road, I spotted a helicopter hovering over the area just ahead and thought to myself, “That seems odd; I wonder what they are looking for?” As I made my turn onto Manassas Drive, I had to pull over for a police car trying to get past us and continued to drive towards the Euclid Avenue intersection only to see the police tape and police cars blocking further passage down Manassas Drive. It was a terrifying fear not see any police officer redirecting traffic or informing us how far down Manassas Drive was closed. All cars had to …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Manassas Park Police say the Virginia Medical Examiner's Office is assisting the investigation.
Update: Medical Examiner's office said that the remains are not human. Original article: Human body parts were found in a package at mile marker 30.6 on the railroad tracks in Manassas Park, said Mark Roeber, manager of public affairs for Virginia Railway Express. Roeber told Patch that Manassas Park Police informed VRE officials of the remains at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. All Amtrak and VRE trains were prevented from moving until police gave them clearance, VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said. Manassas Park Police Chief John Evans said he couldn't confirm that body parts or human remains were found at the scene. The department did later release a statement saying the Virginia Medical Examiner's Office is assisting in the investigation. It …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The new chief executive officer was ratified by transportation commissions.
Doug Allen has been ratified as the new Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Railway Express by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), according to Virginia Railway Express Chairman Wally Covington. Allen replaces Dale Zehner, who served as VRE's first CEO from 2004 until his retirement on June 30, 2012. Allen is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas. “The Operations Board felt that Mr. Allen’s background and his previous experience made him a perfect fit for moving VRE ahead in the years to come,” said Chairman Covington in a press release. According to the …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Richard Dalton takes over on July 1 from retiring CEO Dale Zehner.
Richard Dalton was appointed this week by the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board to lead the agency after the retirement of current CEO Dale Zehner this month. Dalton, who is now the director of VRE rail equipment and services, will officially begin leading the agency on July 1, one day after Zehner's retirement from the post, according to a VRE news release. Zehner, who announced his resignation in February, is the first person in VRE history to hold the CEO position. Calling Dalton a "seasoned veteran of rail operations," VRE officials said he intends to continue the agency's customer-driven philosophy while keeping up its aggressive growth. Dalton also plans to continue with the Phase 2 Long-Term Strategic Plan, which calls for …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
New map feature includes drop-down menu for Blackberry users.
The Virginia Railway Express recently debuted changes to the mapping feature in its Rail Time system, a program used by riders to track the whereabouts of trains on the Manassas and Fredericksburg Lines. VRE officials were prompted to make the change to Rail Time after Microsoft canceled MapPoint—the mapping feature Rail Time used—in December, VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said this week. Microsoft customers like VRE were then required to migrate to Bing in order to continue providing maps for services like Rail Time, he said. VRE made the changes available to the public this week after converting its account to Bing and making some changes to its scripts and code so the Bing maps can work well with the system. Officials said the 9-year-old …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A pedestrian suffered a back injury after jumping out of the path of a Virginia Railway Express train Wednesday evening.
A person walking along the train tracks just north of Manassas Park was injured while trying to elude a Virginia Railway Express train Wednesday night, according to WUSA 9. The pedestrian suffered a back injury after jumping off the tracks as VRE Train 337 approached, Manassas City Fire Department officials told WUSA. The person was not struck by the train, but was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The train stopped while the person received medical attention, but was on the move again a short time later.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Merry Old Town festivities enjoyed by many Friday night as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via train before hitching a ride for the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Manassas Museum lawn.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The holiday event, which is a collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, CSXT and Norfolk Southern every year, has continued to grow in popularity around the region.
The holiday event, which is a collarborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, CSXT and Norfolk Southern every year, has continued to grow in popularity around the region. This was made evident after tickets went on sale Monday at 9 a.m. for the holiday excursion and sold out online by 9:12 a.m. Most merchant locations selling the tickets reported they were all out by noon, with the last tickets sold at 2 p.m. VRE officials reported getting hundreds and hundreds of calls Tuesday for the tickets. Ticket holders can board VRE trains and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa's Helpers will also be on board handing out candy and other treats. High school choral groups and other entertainment will also perform during the train ride. The event is …