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Amtrak to operate new state-supported route in Virginia


Amtrak recently signed an agreement with the commonwealth of Virginia to provide new passenger-rail service between Richmond and Washington, D.C.

Virginia will pay Amtrak $17.2 million during a three-year demonstration period to provide daily rush-hour service from Washington, D.C. to Lynchburg, beginning in October, and from D.C. to Richmond starting in December.

The first state-supported intercity passenger-rail corridors in Virginia, the routes are the first phase of planned passenger-rail improvements in Virginia's I-81/Route 29 and I-95/I-64 corridors. The service will operate over freight-rail tracks owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.

Amtrak and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will finalize schedules and fares in the coming months.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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