Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk Virginia’

CSX Track Work to Affect Norfolk Service

May 16, 2020

CSX track work will result in Northeast Regional Train 94 operating on a modified schedule on May 19 and 20.

The train will depart Norfolk, Virginia, for Boston on those dates at 6:15 a.m., which is two hours and 45 minutes earlier than normal.

It will operate on this earlier schedule at all stations, arriving in Boston at 7:35 p.m.

Amtrak Thruway Bus 6094 will operate on an earlier schedule, departing Virginia Beach at 5:15 a.m. and arriving in Norfolk at 6 a.m.

Bus 6394, which normally operates between Newport News and Norfolk, will be canceled. Passengers may book travel on Train 174 from Newport News or choose an alternate date of travel.

Some Service Remains Suspended Due to Dorian

September 7, 2019

Amtrak’s latest service advisory about service cancellations due to Hurricane Dorian indicates that several trains will remain suspended today (Sept. 7) or operate with modified schedules.

The Palmetto will operate from Washington to New York, but service from New York to Savannah, Georgia, will be reinstated.

Northeast Regional No. 194 will operate from Richmond, Virginia, to Boston while Northeast Regional 88 will operate from Washington to Boston.

Service from Norfolk and Newport News is canceled and no alternative transportation is being offered.

Amtrak said service will be restored pending improved conditions.

Dorian Prompts Additional Service Cancellations

September 5, 2019

Amtrak continued to cancel services along the East Coast on Wednesday due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian.

In a service advisory, the carrier said that on Sept. 5 and 6 the Palmetto will operate only between New York and Richmond, Virginia, and is canceled south of Richmond.

The Palmetto will resume operating southward from Richmond on Saturday (Sept. 7). However, the northbound train on Saturday will originate in Washington.

Northeast Regional service that normally operates between Boston and Norfolk, Virginia, will be canceled Richmond and Norfolk.

Trains 94 and 95 will operate between Boston and Richmond while Trains 93 and 94 will operate only between Boston and Washington.

Two Northeast Regional trains that normally operate to Newport News, Virginia, will also have shorter routes.

Trains 125 and 174 will operate between New York and Richmond while Trains No. 66 and 67 will operate between Boston and Washington.

The Auto Train will not operate in either direction on Thursday or Friday.

The Silver Star and Silver Meteor are canceled in both directions on Thursday and northbound on Friday.

Alternative transportation is not being provided for the canceled trains.

Derailment Disrupts Norfolk Service

June 27, 2019

Amtrak service to Norfolk, Virginia, was suspended after a Norfolk Southern coal train derailed on Tuesday morning.

One pair of Amtrak Northeast Regional Service (Nos. 93 and 94) that normally operated between Norfolk and Boston terminated and originated in Richmond, Virginia.

Another pair of trains (Nos. 84 and 95) were operating between Boston and Washington.

The derailment occurred in Chesapeake, Virginia. There were no injuries.

Resumption of Amtrak service hinged upon the derailment site being cleaned up and the tracks reopened.

Norfolk Service to Expand on March 4

February 14, 2019

Amtrak has announced that its planned expansion of Northeast Regional service to Norfolk, Virginia, will begin on March 4.

The new schedule will have the Northeast Regional trains leaving Norfolk at 6:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. on weekdays.

Arrivals in Norfolk will be at 7:04 p.m. and 10:31 p.m. Amtrak will operate a Thruway bus connection for service from Norfolk to the Amtrak station in Newport News, Virginia.

The service is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Amtrak returned to Norfolk in 2012.

Amtrak to Add Second Train to Norfolk

January 28, 2019

Amtrak is planning to add a second Northeast Regional train to Norfolk, Virginia, starting March 4.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the schedule for the train has yet to be completed, but a news release from the City of Norfolk indicated it will be a mid-morning departure.

Amtrak returned to Norfolk in December 2012. Previously, the city had been served by the Chicago-Norfolk Mountaineer between 1975 and 1977.

The current Northeast Regional train departs Norfolk at 6:10 a.m. on weekdays and five minutes later on weekends.

The train returns to Norfolk at 8:38 p.m. on weekdays and two minutes earlier on Sundays. The Saturday train arrives at 11:36 p.m.

The service is funded in part by the state of Virginia.

NS to Relocate HQ to Atlanta

December 13, 2018

Norfolk Southern will relocate its corporate headquarters to Atlanta from Norfolk, Virginia.

The Class 1 carrier earlier this year opened a new operations center in Atlanta from which all nine of its divisions are dispatched.

NS plans to build a $575 million headquarter complex that will be paid for in part by a $600 million dollar bond issue.

It said it is negotiating with Cousins Properties to purchase a site at 650 West Peachtree St. NW, where it will build the 750,000-square-foot headquarters in Midtown Atlanta.

Cousins will manage development of the site about which NS said more information will be released early next year.

Virginia Group Calls for Increased Rail Service

January 17, 2018

A Virginia rail passenger advocacy group is seeking to triple the number of trains serving Norfolk, Virginia.

A report released by Virginians for High Speed Rail calls for increasing the number of Amtrak trains departing Norfolk each day from one to 11. Nine of those new frequencies would operate at 90 mph to Washington, which would reduce the current travel time by an hour.

The State of Virginia recently said it plans to fund another roundtrip to Norfolk in 2019 and a third roundtrip in 2022.

The report by the passenger advocacy group said increasing rail service would reduce traffic congestion, cut pollution and grow the economy.

Also in the report is a proposal to instigate rail service to Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg and Radford University in Radford.

In their report, the Virginia group said that before service can be increased scheduling and technology issues must be addressed.


Amtrak Marks 5 Years in Norfolk

December 12, 2017

Amtrak marked the fifth anniversary of service to Norfolk, Virginia, by saying that it was the highest-performing city pair in the Virginia state-supported system for Fiscal Year 2017.

Norfolk is served by a daily Northeast Regional train that operates to and from Washington.

Last year the route served 155,389 passengers, with ridership for the Norfolk station being 47,493.

“The success of the Norfolk service testifies to the progressive vision the Commonwealth has brought to bringing real alternatives for residents to travel,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak vice president of state-supported services business development in a statement. “Increasing ridership for all the routes in Virginia speaks to how many people recognize trains as the smarter way to travel.”

Virginia helps to underwrite six Northeast Regional trains that serve Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News, Lynchburg and Roanoke and provide a same-seat trip to other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News.

Amtrak previously served Norfolk with the Chicago-Norfolk Mountaineer. That service ended in 1977.