Hurricane, Amtrak cancellations affect DC-area commuter services

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WASHINGTON — Hurricane Florence and Amtrak’s resulting train cancellations are having an impact on the two commuter rail systems serving Washington.

Because some Amtrak equipment is being stored at Washington Union Station, Virginia Railway Express will alter its schedule beginning with today’s evening services, with some trains beginning and ending at other locations. On the Manassas Line, trains 329 and 331 will originate at L’Enfant; trains 336 and 338 will terminate at Alexandria; and train 337 will originate at Alexandria. On the Fredricksburg Line, train 15 will depart Union Station at 6:15 p.m.; passengers may use that train to reach Alexandria and transfer to train 337.

On Friday, VRE plans to run an “S” schedule, one normally used for holidays and snow days. Only trains marked with an “S” on the VRE schedule will operate. Please see this notice for more information.

Also, many Amtrak trains which honor VRE tickets are not operating. See this notice for more information.

Maryland’s MARC Train is still planning a full service schedule today, but warns of delays arriving and departing Washington because of the capacity issues at Union Station. A MARC alert says decisions on Friday service “will be made when a clear picture of the potential impact on the area becomes available.” MARC advises riders to check the MARC Train advisory web page, and to follow the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) on social media.

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