October 31, 2017 Amtrak Northeast Regional Now Serves Roanoke

Amtrak Northeast Regional Now Serves Roanoke

WASHINGTON – Amtrak launches Northeast Regional daily service today to and from Roanoke (RNK), an area in a valley nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Amtrak, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the city of Roanoke partnered to bring passenger rail service back to the Star City for the first time in almost four decades. This is the fourth expansion of Amtrak service in the Commonwealth since 2009 following new or additional service to Lynchburg, Richmond, and Norfolk. The Northeast Regional extends from Lynchburg and provides a same-seat trip to and from Roanoke. The train will make stops in Charlottesville, Culpepper, Manassas, Burke Centre, Alexandria, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and other cities along the Northeast.

“The extension to Roanoke marks a milestone in the growth of Amtrak and passenger rail in Virginia,” Amtrak Co-CEO Wick Moorman said. “Rail service is a vital alternative in Virginia’s overall transportation solution. We look forward to continuing our partnership with DRPT and other cities to further expand rail service in the Commonwealth.”

The Northeast Regional stops in downtown Roanoke at an accessible, high-level concrete platform with a canopy located at 55 Norfolk Ave., SW.

Customers will experience a comfortable and enjoyable way to travel on a national network serving more than 500 destinations, and benefits such as a free and generous baggage policy, free Wi-Fi, no middle seat and an easy, streamlined boarding process.

Customers can purchase tickets by using Amtrak.com, Amtrak mobile apps or 800-USA-RAIL.

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Kimberly Woods

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