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…

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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…

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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…

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Norfolk Southern might owe millions for alleged contract breach

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; September 24, 2019 Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) could be forced to pay millions of dollars…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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