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2019

Amtrak Adding Second Daily Roundtrip Train to Norfolk

By | Commuter and State Partners January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – Customers can soon take advantage of more opportunities to travel by train as Amtrak increases daily service between Norfolk, Va., and Boston. Beginning in March, customers in the waterfront city and surrounding areas will be able to choose from two daily departures of the Amtrak Northeast Regional when planning travel to the Northeast.

Amtrak provides a same-seat trip to and from Norfolk, and makes intermediate stops in Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News.

Amtrak and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) partner to provide intercity passenger rail service throughout the Commonwealth. Amtrak service returned to Norfolk in 2012, and in Roanoke in 2017.

“Amtrak service is a vital alternative in the Commonwealth’s overall transportation solution,” said Joe McHugh, Vice President, State-Supported Business Development for Amtrak. “DRPT and other partners work together to meet the increasing demand for passenger rail service and provide additional capacity.”

Customers 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.

The Amtrak Northeast Regional features Coach and Business Class offering outlets for mobile devices. The Café Car offers sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold beverages, including a variety of wine, beer and soda.

Amtrak Seeks New Passenger Equipment for Northeast Regional and State Corridor Service

By | Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News January 18, 2019

Amtrak has released a Request for Proposals today, for a new fleet of single-level passenger rail vehicles to replace Amfleet I cars, providing new equipment with contemporary rail amenities to better serve Amtrak customers. Amfleet I cars are used primarily on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and adjacent State Corridor routes, including Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Vermonter, Downeaster, Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, Keystone Service, Virginia Service and New Haven/Springfield Service.

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