Summer Travel Season Underway, Passenger Rail Ridership in Virginia Soars

A press release from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; July 10, 2019: ~ More affordable tickets, improved…

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Danny Plaugher column: Virginia is leading on passenger rail. It needs Congress’ help.

By Danny Plaugher, Richmond Times-Dispatch; June 29, 2019 While Indiana (Hoosier service) and Pennsylvania (Keystone and Pennsylvanian services) are cutting…

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Our View: Despite recent setbacks, Virginia passenger rail expansion still needs to be pushed

By The Editorial Board, BRISTOL HERALD COURIER; May 3, 2019 Will Abingdon and Bristol ever see passenger rail service again?…

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Virginia’s public rail strategy calls for funding private rail fixes

By Michael Laris, The Washington Post, LMTOnline.com; March 2, 2019 The addition of a new Amtrak train from Norfolk, Virginia,…

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Roanoke, Virginia Amtrak stop shows most ridership growth in state

By Rachel Lucas, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, WSLS 10 NBC; February 14, 2019 ROANOKE – New ridership numbers cement the viability of…

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Pulling out the stops for a Bedford, Virginia Amtrak stop

By Shannon Keith, The News & Advance; November 2, 2018 BEDFORD — A grassroots organization in Bedford and Franklin counties…

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Amtrak thrives in Roanoke, Virginia one year after return of passenger rail service

By Jessica Jewell, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, WSLS 10 News NBC; October 30, 2018 ROANOKE, Va. – Amtrak continues thriving in the…

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Opinion/Commentary: Fueling the renaissance: Public policy and intercity passenger rail in Virginia

By Meredith Richards, The Daily Progress; August 12, 2018 Virginia has been a leader in a national revival of intercity…

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Amtrak’s Roanoke, Virginia Station success could mean more future regional stops

By Rachel Lucas, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, WSLS 10 News NBC; August 9, 2018 ROANOKE – Hoping to land another regional stop,…

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Roanoke, Virginia Amtrak ridership after 6 months: “Impressive”

By Evan Jones, WFIR Newstalk Radio; June 25, 2018 State transportation officials say Roanoke Amtrak ridership for the first six…

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Editorial: Why doesn’t Amtrak consider economic development?

By The Editorial Board, The Roanoke Times; April 23, 2018 The Deschutes Brewery may not be coming to Roanoke on…

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New Amtrak policy could put the brakes on 611 Norfolk & Western steam engine excursions in Virginia and North Carolina

By Mike Allen, The Roanoke Times; April 13, 2018 A corporate decision by Amtrak could halt the Norfolk & Western…

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Crews correct Roanoke, Virginia Amtrak platform gap with spacers

  By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times; March 20, 2018 As Roanoke Amtrak riders know, there’s about a foot of…

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Roanoke, Virginia-based tourism agency receives grant to market beer and outdoors scene

  By Tiffany Holland, The Roanoke Times; March 16, 2018 Regional tourism bureau Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge was awarded a…

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Virginia: City of Roanoke considers new multi-modal station downtown

By Alison Wickline, Reporter, WSLS 10 News NBC; February 9, 2018 ROANOKE, Va. – The city of Roanoke is looking…

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Business leaders push for Amtrak to add stop in Bedford, Virginia

By Joan Tupponce, Virginia Business; January 2, 2018 Business groups and other organizations are trying to persuade the Virginia Department…

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Amtrak reports first month’s ridership for Roanoke, Virginia train

By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times; December 12, 2017 Amtrak said 2,770 people boarded in Roanoke during the first 30…

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Virginia: Roanoke mulls ideas for train and bus center

By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times; November 20, 2017 Roanoke roared about getting passenger service. A new train station could…

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Virginia: DRPT, Amtrak report more people taking the train

By News Staff, CBS 19 Newsplex NOW; November 16, 2017 RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The Virginia Department of Rail…

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Virginia: Passenger Rail Expands Once Again

By The Editorial Board, The News & Advance; November 3, 2017 Twenty years ago, who would have thought we would…

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Virginia: First Amtrak train leaves downtown Roanoke platform

By Erin Brookshier – Virginia Today Reporter, WSLS 10 News NBC; October 31, 2017 ROANOKE, Va. – The first Amtrak…

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Virginia: Hotel Roanoke sees Amtrak boost before first passenger train

By Sara Machi, WDBJ CBS 7; October 7, 2017 ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Hotel Roanoke staff say they are already seeing…

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Layne: Amtrak’s return to Roanoke part of new Virginia economy

By Aubrey Layne, Virginia Secretary of Transportation and Chair of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, The Roanoke Times; October 30, 2017…

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Roanoke, Virginia editorial: The politics of Amtrak

By The Editorial Board, The Roanoke Times; October 29, 2017 On Tuesday, an Amtrak train will pull out of Roanoke…

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Virginia: A guide to using the new Amtrak service in Roanoke

From The Roanoke Times; October 28, 2017 Purchasing tickets Tickets can be purchased via Amtrak.com, the Amtrak mobile app, on…

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