Virginia Railway Express

An artist rendering of the Toronto Union Station platforms. Improvement work, as part of Metrolinx's Union Station Enhancement Project, is expected to start early this year. (Metrolinx image)

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, TransLink, VRE, WMATA

Metrolinx has awarded Toronto’s Union Station Enhancement Project to ONTrack Alliance. In addition, Metro Vancouver’s Transport 2050 plan is now final; the $5 million rehabilitation of Virginia Railway Express’ (VRE) Fredericksburg station is expected to begin this summer; and Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has earned a Transportation Security Administration award.

Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 on Sept. 27 began offering new early-morning service from Main Street Station in Richmond to Washington, D.C., and New York. Riders can now choose from three daily departure times—two in the morning and one in the evening.

Virginia Expands Amtrak Service

Virginia has expanded daily Amtrak service from Richmond to the Northeast Corridor as part of its $3.7 billion initiative to improve passenger and freight rail capacity and relieve automotive traffic congestion in the commonwealth.

People News: A. Stucki Co., VRE, Quandel, Trapeze, BAI

A. Stucki Co. appoints Chief Commercial Officer; Virginia Railway Express (VRE) names General Counsel; Quandel Consultants hires Senior Consultant; Trapeze Group Americas appoints General Manager; and BAI Communications (BAI) taps Group Business Development Director.

BART Maintenance and Engineering staffers retrofitted existing LED displays at Lake Merritt Station with full-color monitors to “demonstrate that this is an efficient, cost-effective method to get more information to customers,” according to the agency.

Transit Briefs: BART, VRE

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has started a platform-level sign pilot at Lake Merritt Station in Oakland, Calif.; Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is set to restore full commuter rail service.

The “Transforming Rail in Virginia” initiative, which Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled in December 2019, will “expand Amtrak and VRE [Virginia Railway Express commuter] rail services, create a pathway for the separation of freight and passenger rail in Virginia, and preserve future rail corridors.”

Virginia, Amtrak, CSX Advance $3.7B Rail Initiative

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Amtrak, CSX and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) have finalized agreements for a $3.7 billion initiative to improve Virginia passenger and freight rail capacity and relieve automotive traffic congestion.

VRE’s Dalton Named CEO

Rich Dalton, who has spent the past 11 years with the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) as Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO since November 2019, has been appointed CEO. He previously served as acting CEO in 2012.