The 2008 Statewide Rail Plan and Statewide Rail Resource Allocation Plan indentified the I-81/Route 29 and the I-95 corridors as key corridors to enhance passenger rail service. Virginia formed a partnership with Amtrak to initiate new intercity passenger rail service in those corridors.
In October 2009, the Lynchburg Amtrak Virginia service was launched providing service from Lynchburg to Washington, D.C., into Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The service is phase 1 of the larger I-81/Route 29 Passenger Rail Project, which is being advanced in a phased approached to ensure ridership levels warrant further investment. Subsequent phases include potential expansions of the service to Roanoke, Bristol and a potential connection to Richmond.
In July 2010, the Richmond Amtrak Virginia service was launched providing service from Richmond to Washington, D.C., into Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. DRPT is working to extend this train to Norfolk by 2013 providing direct intercity passenger rail service from Norfolk as far north as Boston, Mass. More information on the project to extend Amtrak Virginia service to Norfolk can be found here.
For more information on Amtrak Virginia service, visit www.amtrakvirginia.com