Dear Virginia WABA Members and Supporters:
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is proposing to return to its former policy of disallowing full-size bikes and allowing only folding bikes on its train cars. Currently, VRE--whose lines provide service from Manassas and Fredericksburg, VA to Union Station in DC--allows full size bicycles on the last three trains on each line, both mornings and evenings. This current policy promotes multi-modal commuting and allows cyclists to forego the use of motor vehicles at each end of their commutes. While we recognize capacity constraints, the encouragement of multi-modal commuting has contributed to the success of the VRE model, and the prevention of many cyclists from using the system with their bicycles is an ill-conceived response to such success.
VRE is holding several public hearings on the matter, and accepting comments in numerous forms. WABA encourages all cyclists in northern Virginia--and especially those who would be directly impacted by this change--to attend a hearing or provide comments to VRE objecting to this regressive proposal and encouraging a more creative solution to capacity concerns that will not harm cyclists and turn-back-the-clock on multi-modal transportation in the region.
If you are unable to attend one of the hearings, click here to send comments through the WABA Action Center.
Thank you for your support,