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Amtrak adds service in Virginia


Amtrak added a second daily roundtrip service to Norfolk, Virginia, as part of the passenger railroad's Northeast Regional service, on March 4. 

The service connects the commonwealth to the Northeast, offering passengers a same-seat trip to and from 17 Virginia stations to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. 

“The additional service and schedule optimization offers new travel options that will improve the performance for these trains,” said Jennifer Mitchell, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) in a press release.

In addition to the added Norfolk service, DRPT announced the completion of major construction work at CSX’s Acca Yard in Richmond. The $132 million project is designed to decrease congestion for passenger and freight trains between Richmond’s Main Street and Staples Mill stations and increase reliability for Amtrak and CSX customers, DRPT officials said. CSX also granted additional capacity on its network between Richmond and Petersburg to allow for the additional Amtrak service to Norfolk.

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