New Amtrak service to begin in Lynchburg
- September 2, 2009
Starting Oct. 1, Amtrak passengers in Lynchburg can travel as far north as Boston and never have to change trains. That’s because Amtrak Virginia, a program sponsored by the state in conjunction with Amtrak, has expanded daily round-trip Northeast regional service between Lynchburg, Washington, D.C., and other points north.
The new passenger rail service, which originates in Lynchburg for the first time, includes Virginia stops in Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas and Alexandria. The expected arrival time in Washington is 11:30 a.m., later than some business travelers wanted.
Still, the state is touting the service as an opportunity to leave the car at home. “This new service gives everyone more reasons than ever to let someone else do the driving,” Charles Badger, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation said in a statement. “With a one-seat ride as far north as Boston and as far south as Lynchburg seven days a week, it’s easy to book your business travel, a weekend getaway, a family visit or that first trip to college.”
Promotional one-way fares in effect through mid-December are $66 between Lynchburg and New York and $71 for the longer trip to Boston.
The state is sponsoring the expanded service and plans to spend more than $10 million to subsidize the project, part of a three-year pilot program designed to provide more transportation options for Virginians. The pilot also includes expanded service between Richmond and the Northeast Corridor, slated to begin in December.