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      Virginia Railway Express approves 3 pct fare increase, begins July 1

      ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Virginia Railway Express passengers will soon see a 3 percent fare increase.

      The fare hike was approved last week by the railway's operations board and will take effect on July 1.

      It was discussed during a series of community meetings held from Washington to Stafford.

      The minimum one-way ticket will go from $2.90 to $3, and the maximum one-way ticket will rise from $10.30 to $10.65.

      The increase is expected to generate about $900,000 in additional revenue next year.

      That money will be used to pay for rising fuel costs and increased payments to Keolis, VRE's primary contractor that runs the day-to-day operation of the railway.

      The last time VRE raised fares was in 2009.