Amtrak celebrates five years of bringing passenger rail service to the waterfront city of Norfolk, Va. The Amtrak Northeast Regional connects the Hampton Roads area to the national rail network of more than 500 destinations.
Norfolk was the highest-performing city pair in the Virginia state-supported system for Fiscal Year 2017. The route, Washington, D.C., to Norfolk, served a total of 155,389 customers, with ridership for the Norfolk station at 47,493.
“The success of the Norfolk service testifies to the progressive vision the Commonwealth has brought to bringing real alternatives for residents to travel,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak Vice President of State-Supported Services Business Development. “Increasing ridership for all the routes in Virginia speaks to how many people recognize trains as the smarter way to travel.”
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) supports six Northeast Regional trains that serve Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News, Lynchburg and Roanoke and provide a same-seat trip to other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News, Va.
“It is our mission to provide transportation options, and the success of the Norfolk line proves the Commonwealth’s commitment to its citizens,” DRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell said. “We are incredibly proud to celebrate the service’s fifth anniversary, and we look forward to continuing our work expanding passenger rail in Virginia, including two new trains serving Norfolk in the next four years.”
Amtrak, DRPT, and the city of Norfolk partnered to bring intercity passenger rail back to the city for the first time since 1977.
“Norfolk has worked hard to establish itself as the most multimodal city in the region, and is grateful that Amtrak believed that resuming passenger rail service was an opportunity and not a challenge,” Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander said. “The celebration of this milestone is further proof that Norfolk is committed to providing dynamic transportation options for all of South Hampton Roads.”