U.S., Virginia: Norfolk Southern to cut operations in Roanoke

By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times; February 18, 2020 Norfolk Southern will close its historic locomotive shop on Campbell Avenue…

Continue Reading →

U.S.: Virginia becoming a model for intercity train service, observers say

By Luz Lazo The Washington Post, The Roanoke Times; February 1, 2020 Amtrak trains in Virginia carried nearly a million…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Virginia Governor Ralph Northam: Passenger rail to Bristol ‘logical step,’ but not soon

By DAVID MCGEE, BRISTOL HERALD COURIER; January 10, 2020 Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that Amtrak passenger service to the…

Continue Reading →

U.S.: Virginia and CSX Announce Landmark Rail Agreement

A press release from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam; December 19, 2019: Virginia and CSX Announce Landmark Rail Agreement A new…

Continue Reading →

U.S.: Virginia has $3.7 billion deal to expand rail service between Richmond and Washington

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch; December 19, 2019 Trains will run almost every hour between Washington and Richmond – including…

Continue Reading →

Virginia: Officials encourage push for passenger rail service in Montgomery County

By Yann Ranaivo, The Roanoke Times; October 3, 2019 CHRISTIANSBURG — State transportation officials joined a handful of local and…

Continue Reading →

October is Passenger Rail Month in Virginia

A press release from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; October 1, 2019 Commonwealth celebrates a decade of…

Continue Reading →

FreightCar America will close Roanoke, Virginia plant and open a new one in Mexico

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; October 1, 2019 The Roanoke Times is reporting that FreightCar American plans…

Continue Reading →

Opinion/Editorial: Ambitious rail plan would benefit Charlottesville, Virginia

By The Editorial Board, The Daily Progress; September 21, 2019 Charlottesville Amtrak riders will be interested in this: An east-west…

Continue Reading →

Virginia: More Amtrak trains are coming to Hampton Roads, but not any time soon

By Julia Marsigliano, WYDaily; September 19, 2019 The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s DC2RVA Rail Project aims to…

Continue Reading →

Commonwealth commemorates 10 years of Virginia-sponsored passenger rail service

A press release from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; September 18, 2019: Expanding passenger rail has improved…

Continue Reading →

Push for shorter passenger train trips east from Roanoke, Virginia could make positive impact

By Tommy Lopez, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, WSLS 10 News NBC; September 16, 2019 There’s a new push to allow faster train…

Continue Reading →

Coalition Calls for East-West Passenger Rail Service in Virginia

By David Seidel, WVTF Radio IQ; September 10, 2019 A coalition of economic, environmental and transportation groups are calling for…

Continue Reading →

Virginia won’t let anything derail its growing Amtrak service

By Wyatt Gordon, Virginia Correspondent, Greater Greater Washington; September 10, 2019 This month marks a decade since Virginia debuted its…

Continue Reading →

Editorial: Roanoke, Virginia shouldn’t be sentimental about Norfolk Southern; it’s not sentimental about us

By The Editorial Board, The Roanoke Times; September 6, 2019 Norfolk Southern has furloughed 130 employees in Roanoke and one…

Continue Reading →

Cornershot: Despite no trespassing sign, Roanoke, Virginia Amtrak platform open to those escorting ticketed passengers

By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times; July 28, 2019 Amtrak users might be forgiven for pausing to study a no-trespassing…

Continue Reading →

Rail car maker FreightCar to close Roanoke, Virginia factory and eliminate 200 jobs

By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times, Richmond Times-Dispatch; July 22, 2019 Two hundred people will be rendered jobless with the…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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?…

Continue Reading →

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,…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →