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Virginia to gain additional Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor


Tomorrow, Amtrak Virginia will begin providing expanded daily round-trip Northeast Regional service between Lynchburg, Washington, D.C., and points north along the Northeast Corridor.

The new service will originate in Lynchburg for the first time and offer Virginia stops in Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas and Alexandria, including Virginia Railway Express connections at Burke Center and L’Enfant Plaza. Passengers will be able to travel directly from Lynchburg to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

The new service is sponsored by the commonwealth of Virginia as part of a three-year pilot program designed to provide more transportation options to Virginians — the first time Virginia has invested in intercity passenger-rail service. The service was developed through a public-private partnership between Amtrak, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Corp.

Service between Richmond and points along the Northeast Corridor is slated to begin in December.

Amtrak recently launched a new Web site at to better provide information on all services in the commonwealth, including the new Northeast Regional trips.

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