Virginia Marking 10th Anniversary of Funding Amtrak

Virginia is marking the 10th anniversary of funding intercity rail passenger service with a special deal on Amtrak tickets.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which sponsors Amtrak corridor service in the state to Roanoke, Newport News and Norfolk, is is partnering with Amtrak to offer $10 tickets on the Northwest Regional trains until Oct. 10.

Over 10,000 tickets already have been booked for the 10-day celebratory deal, DRPT officials said.

Virginia began funding Amtrak service on Oct. 1, 2009, with the launch of a daily round-trip from Lynchburg to Washington.

That train was later extended to Roanoke with state funding.

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