Commuter Rail - MARC and VRE

Photo: MARC train and passengersThe Washington, DC area has two commuter rail services: VRE - Virginia Railway Express and MARC - Maryland Area Regional Commuter.

VRE and MARC are heavy rail, long-haul services, carrying passengers as much as 50 miles into the Washington, DC area on weekday mornings and taking them back to their communities in the evenings. The combined daily ridership approaches 50,000 passengers; 16,000 each day for VRE and more than 30,000 each day for MARC.

VRE provides service between Union Station in Washington, DC and stations in Virginia, along two lines, the Manassas Line and the Fredericksburg Line. VRE is a joint project of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC).

MARC provides service between Union Station in Washington, DC and stations in Maryland, along three lines, the Penn, Camden, and Brunswick Lines. MARC is operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation. In addition to MARC, MTA also operates local bus, commuter bus, light rail, and subway services in Maryland.

SmartBenefits® and Commuter Rail

VRE and MARC do not accept SmarTrip®, but VRE and MARC riders who receive SmartBenefits® from their employer can still use their benefits to purchase tickets. CommuterDirect.com offers a SmartBenefits personal account service.  VRE and MARC riders can apply their SmartBenefits to their CommuterDirect.com® account and purchase tickets and passes through CommuterDirect.com.® Customers can have tickets delivered to them, or pick up their tickets at any of the five locations of The Commuter Store.® More about SmarTrip and SmartBenefits.

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you use VRE or MARC to commute, you may be eligible for Commuter Connections' Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH). GRH provides free taxi rides home when the unexpected happens. Guaranteed Ride Home is also available to commuters who use other commuting alternatives, such as carpooling or bicycling. More about the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

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491
14th Street Bridge
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Arlington Mill Trail
275
Ballston Connector
109
Bluemont Connector
199
CC Connector
553
Clarendon EB bike lane
173
Custis Bon Air Park
359
Custis Rosslyn
1456
Fairfax EB bike lane
123
Joyce St NB
31
Joyce St SB
17
Key Bridge East
980
Key Bridge West
650
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29
Military SB bike lane
50
MVT Airport South
1605
Quincy NB bike lane
88
Quincy SB bike lane
63
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436
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1174
TR Island Bridge
1072
WOD Bon Air Park
630
WOD Bon Air West
1202
WOD Columbia Pike
511
WOD East Falls Church
861
Wilson WB bike lane
169

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498
14th Street Bridge
567
Arlington Mill Trail
551
Ballston Connector
249
Bluemont Connector
317
CC Connector
413
Custis Bon Air Park
236
Custis Rosslyn
485
Joyce St NB
228
Joyce St SB
195
Key Bridge East
2070
Key Bridge West
1148
MVT Airport South
275
Roosevelt Bridge
87
TR Island Bridge
625
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453
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526
WOD Columbia Pike
331
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304

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