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VRE crowds get thinner thanks to subsidized Amtrak tickets

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An effort to thin out crowds on Virginia Railway Express trains is working. VRE riders bought about 8,700 "step-up" tickets in March so they could ditch crowded VRE trains and take roomier Amtrak trains instead -- a 37 percent increase over March 2012 -- a report from the railway's CEO Doug Allen said. "[The increase allowed] 2,000 plus riders access to a seat, which has helped...