Amtrak to add another service out of Norfolk

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: An Amtrak train waits at a platform prior to its departure at Union Station November 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has predicted that nearly 51 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) — Amtrak announced Friday they will be adding another service between Norfolk, other cities in the Commonwealth and the northeast beginning in March.

Currently, there is just one daily, roundtrip train coming to and leaving from Norfolk. Amtrak said in a press release the second passenger train will help ease highway congestion and boost the state’s economy.

The service will provide passengers a same-seat trip to and from Norfolk, with intermediate stops in Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and other cities along the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak says it will be part of their Northeast Regional service line.

In addition to the second mid-morning departure and early-evening arrival to Norfolk, Newport News customers will also have the option of an early-morning departure and early-evening arrival, with the second line, according to the release. 

“The expansion of the passenger rail will continue to optimize travel, for business and leisure, to and from Norfolk, and will assist with propelling the city and the region to prosperity,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander. 

“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.”

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