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Congressman Rob Wittman supports VRE

Rep. Rob Wittman today announced an award of $8.87 million to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission for the purchase of three locomotives to support the Virginia Railway Express.

PRTC will purchase up to three diesel-electric “Motive Power MP36H-3C locomotives with high horsepower (3600 HP)” which come with an expected minimum service life of 25 years. The locomotives being replaced have reached the end of their service lives.

“For many commuters in Prince William, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VRE plays a daily role in their lives. VRE’s Fredericksburg Line is a reliable alternative to the gridlock of I-95, and these locomotives will enable VRE to continue to provide improved service,” said Wittman.

The grant comes as an award from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.

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  • spotsylady

    The money is helping a purchase that has already been made. VRE has ordered a dozen or so locomotives, the first of which are under construction at the Motive Power facility. The first is set to arrive by next year, will undergo testing and rating, and will then be entered into service. But good to hear about this funding.

  • Minuteman

    They both support VRE!