Holidays & Cancellation Information


VRE does not provide service on the following federal or federally observed holidays.

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve

Planned "S" Schedule days:

  • Veterans Day
  • The Day After Thanksgiving
  • The Weekdays Between Christmas and New Year's Eve

Service Cancellations 

In the event that we need to cancel service (for example in times of inclement weather), we will get that information out usually no later than 4:15 a.m. of the affected service day. Information will be posted to our homepage, on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, through Train Talk text and email alerts, on our station signs and our information hotline, 1-800-RIDE-VRE.

While we do take the decision by the Office of Personnel Management into consideration regarding the operation of the Federal Government, it does not necessarily dictate whether or not VRE trains operate. We realize that many of our riders are not employed by the Federal Government, or are considered essential personnel who need to get to work. We make every effort to offer at least an “S” schedule operation.

Alternate Transportation Options & Additional Information

Amtrak and PRTC OmniRide buses may provide alternate transportation on some of the holidays that we do not operate.

If any of the following Amtrak train numbers are operating: 83, 85, 86, 84, 87, 93, 94, 95, 125, 171, 174, 176, Monday through Friday, even on a weekday holiday when VRE is not running, an Amtrak step-up ticket with a properly zoned VRE Monthly, 5-day pass or 10-ride ticket, will be accepted by Amtrak for travel on that train.

Amtrak numbered trains that are different from any of the above are not considered cross honor trains and cannot be ridden by a VRE passenger with a VRE ticket or step-up. These trains can only be ridden with an Amtrak ticket.

For additional information on the "S" Schedule, such as which trains will operate on those days, visit our Schedule page.