Ridership Up in May on Virginia Trains

Ridership of Amtrak Northeast Regional trains serving Virginia increased by 10 percent in May 2019 when compared with the same month a year ago.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which funds the service, said the ridership numbers also mark a year-to-date increase of more than 5 percent over the same travel period last year.

In a news release, DRPT officials attributed the ridership increase to discounted ticket prices for last-minute trips to Virginia destinations, a promotion for Lyft riders to receive a discount to Amtrak stations, improved communications, cleaner trains and the offering of Virginia-based food options.

“Passenger rail is a critical component of Virginia’s multimodal transportation network,” said Virginia Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine in a statement. “More affordable tickets, improved on-board amenities and better ground transportation connections are making travel by rail more reliable and enjoyable.”

The agency said upgrades are coming to the onboard Wi-Fi service.

Virginia-funded trains link Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor with the Virginia cities of Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke.

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