by Jeff Smith
https://wtop.com/virginia/2023/05/vre-b ... p-program/
Virginia Railway Express passengers will soon be able to ride certain overlapping Amtrak routes for no additional charge.
The train operator is planning to restart its Step-Up program, which allows multi-ride VRE passholders to ride select Amtrak Northeast Regional trains between Fredericksburg and D.C.’s Union Station at no additional charge.
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission staff is recommending granting VRE $1.48 million to restart the program — which was suspended in 2020 — as part of the commission’s fiscal 2024-2025 Commuter Choice grant program, which funds regional transit projects from Interstate 395/95 toll revenues. The funding would allow VRE to bring back the program for the next two years.