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Virginia will add two daily Amtrak trains to D. C.

This is good news from one of the most progressive states that will begin some new service in the fall. You can get all the juicy details. here. The operating plan looks good too.

While firm schedules and fares have yet to be worked out, the Richmond train will tentatively pull out of Staples Mill about 7 a.m. daily and arrive at Washington’s Union Station about 9:30 a.m., then leave Union Station about 4 p.m. and arrive back at Staples Mill at 6-6:30 p.m., according to the Rail and Public Transportation Department. It would be the ninth daily round trip between Richmond and Washington. Northbound trains currently leave Richmond at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., among other times.

The Lynchburg train will leave the Kemper Street Station about 7:45 a.m. and reach Union Station at 11:20-11:30 a.m., the department said. It will depart Washington about 5 p.m. and return to Lynchburg at about 8:30 p.m.

Each train will consist of up to eight passenger coaches, a business-class coach and a café car, Page said.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

3 Responses

  1. MadPark says:

    Great news, but where will those 2 trainsets come from? And will either or both of them run through to NYP or BOS as Northeast Regional trains?

  2. John Bredin says:

    According to the linked article, the two trains are extensions of existing Northeast Regional runs beyond their present Washington terminal to Virginia.

  3. Max says:

    It’d be really great if these trains could continue from Staples Mill Road to Main Street Station… in the middle of the city

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