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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.

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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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Amtrak to Improve National Network with New Locomotives

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, News, Travel | December 21, 2018

Siemens Mobility awarded $850 million contract for 75 new Tier 4 locomotives and associated services

WASHINGTON – With demand for Amtrak service at record levels, Amtrak will acquire new mainline passenger diesel locomotives from Siemens Mobility to replace its aging National Network locomotive fleet. These initial 75 locomotives will be used principally for Amtrak’s Long Distance train service, with options to purchase more, for use on some State Supported routes and for future growth.

“These new locomotives will offer increased reliability, more hauling power, improved safety features and lower emissions,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson.

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Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge in Boston Receives Modern Makeover and New Moniker

By | Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Travel | December 19, 2018

South Station Acela Lounge Renamed as Metropolitan Lounge

BOSTON – Amtrak customers traveling in and out of Boston South Station can now enjoy the newly renovated and re-branded Metropolitan Lounge, as part of a larger Amtrak lounge station refresh initiative. Previously known as ClubAcela, the newly opened Metropolitan Lounge, still in its convenient location near the platforms for easy boarding access, features new carpeting, new and more comfortable seating, contemporary furniture designed to charge personal electronic devices and an updated welcome desk. Additional improvements include updated all-in-one touchless washbars in the restrooms, the restoration of historical lighting, and upgraded snacks and beverages.

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