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GA 2015: Transportation funding and passenger rail

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Built into a new transportation agenda backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and House GOP leaders is a time-limited provision designed to make it easier for the state to pay for new rail service to Lynchburg and Roanoke. The agenda, announced Tuesday, would allow the state to sign a multi-year agreement with rail companies to pay […]


First passenger train to be in Roanoke in 2017

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Roanoke, VA — The first passenger train should be in Roanoke in 2017. Roanoke has not had passenger rail since 1979. Governor Terry McAuliffe was on hand for the announcement Wednesday afternoon. “It’s going to open up the area economically,” McAuliffe said. Amtrak service to Roanoke will be an extension of the Northeast Regional train from […]


Officials consider platforms, track in Roanoke in latest Amtrak update

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The launch of infrastructure work, ordinarily a mundane topic, drew a round of applause in downtown Roanoke on Monday evening at the first official update in months on the planned resumption of passenger rail. By early next year, crews will take on a block of improvements needed before the train service commences in 2017, a […]


Amtrak is coming back to Roanoke

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Amtrak is on its way back into Roanoke after more than thirty years, and excitement is already building. “This train is a rolling platform about the history of the railroad and a vision for its future,” Says Amtrak Government Affairs Vice President Joe McHugh. Amtrak’s special exhibit train made a stop at the Virginia Museum […]


Lynchburg-Roanoke Amtrak passenger-rail agreement announced

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The News & Advance Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today a signed agreement between the state and Norfolk Southern Corporation to make infrastructure improvements necessary to extend Amtrak passenger rail service from Lynchburg to Roanoke. Rail service into Roanoke is fully funded in Virginia’s six-year transportation plan, but officials were studying what work, such as adding […]


2017 Set as target for passenger rail arrival in Roanoke

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Platforms will be built and rail lines improved to accommodate the Roanoke-to-Lynchburg link. Roanoke will get passenger rail service within 42 months, a top state rail official said Thursday as he gave new details about the construction of the track and accessories needed. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation expects the train to […]


Expansion of Rail Plan Gets a Boost

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Rex Hammond, president and CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, has never lost sight of his vision for rail passenger service in central and southwest Virginia. And last week, Hammond, who is also executive director of the TransDominion Express committee, was in Bristol drumming up support for the rail line from Roanoke to […]


Virginia’s Amtrak Ridership Posts Exceptional Growth

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Richmond, Virginia — Amtrak released their FY 2013 Ridership Report which showed solid growth for all of Virginia’s Amtrak trains. During FY 2013, 1,607,271 trips were taken on Amtrak, making the Commonwealth the 8th largest state by passenger volume. Richmond’s Staples Mill Station was the 20th most used station on the east coast, and the largest by passenger […]


TransDominion Express Committee Dedicated to Passenger Rail Return

Friday, October 11th, 2013

BRISTOL, Va. – It sounds like regional leaders are all aboard to bring passenger rail service to and through Bristol again. A Friday meeting of the TransDominion Express committee, a group dedicated to returning passenger trips back to Virginia, drew lawmakers and leaders from the region and both states to the Bristol Train Station to […]


Governor Bob McDonnell Announces Extension of Amtrak Service to Roanoke

Friday, August 9th, 2013

– Due to 2013 Transportation Bill, Train Service Will Return to Star City for First Time in 34 Years – ROANOKE- Standing on the Railside Amphitheater, Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia, Norfolk Southern, Amtrak and the City of Roanoke have joined together to start work to extend Amtrak Virginia regional […]