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Taking the Train in Washington

The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area features two commuter rail services that have a total ridership of 46,000 passengers each day — the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC).


VRE transports 16,000 passengers daily between Union Station in Washington, D.C., and stations in Virginia along 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).


With a daily ridership of 36,000 passengers, MARC provides service between Union Station in Washington 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.