Posts Tagged ‘Petersburg Virginia’

Petersburg Bus Route Now Serves Amtrak Station

September 12, 2019

Public transportation to the Amtrak station in Ettrick, Virginia, has been started by Petersburg Area Transit.

The route to the state is the Ettrick/Virginia State/Amtrak route, which leaves 15 minutes after the hour every hour beginning at 6:15 a.m. and arrives at the station 32 minutes after the hour every hour until 6:32 p.m.

“Our goal is to have a true multimodal Station where residents can access any place in the country from right here in Petersburg,” said Petersburg Area Transit General Manager Charles L. Koonce Jr. “Soon Amtrak customers will be able to park at Transit’s Park and Ride Facility and take the bus to Amtrak.”

The Petersburg City Council earlier this year directed the city manager to proceed with the $8 million Smart Scale Park and Ride Project to provide 215 parking spaces next to the transit facility.

That project is expected to be finished in 2021.


Funding Approved to Rehab Petersburg Station

July 5, 2019

The Commonwealth Transportation Board of Virginia has approved funding to upgrade the Ettrick Station used by Amtrak near Petersburg, Virginia.

The board approved a Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan that includes $5.7 million to rehabilitate the station.

The action came after the Federal Railroad Administration dropped a study study that had recommended a future Amtrak station be located on the Boulevard in Colonial Heights.

Peterburg is served by Amtrak’s Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Palmetto, Carolinian and Northeast Regional train to and from Norfolk, Virginia.

The transportation improvement plan also includes funding for another Norfolk train.

FRA Suspends Study of New Petersburg Station

May 28, 2019

Efforts to create a new Amtrak station in Petersburg, Virginia, have stalled after the Federal Federal Railroad Administration suspended work on an environmental assessment of the project.

In a letter sent to the Tri-Cities Metropolitan Planning Organization, the FRA did not explain why work on the study had been suspended, but an FRA spokesman later said the agency would be willing to consider the project at an unspecified later date.

“We have not abandoned plans to evaluate the feasibility of building a new station, and will continue to discuss the next steps with the Tri-Cities MPO,” the FRA spokesman said in a statement.

Amtrak currently serves Petersburg at a station located in Ettrick. That facility was one of three locations under consideration for a new station.

The other locations are the CSX Collier Yard in Petersburg and a former department store in Colonial Heights.

Studies of a new station began five years ago and the FRA had indicated last year that it favored the Colonial Heights location, a former Nichols Department Store because of its proximity to Interstate 95.

Officials have said the station in Ettrick is 74 years old and is located near Virginia State University.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation had also favored revitalizing the Ettrick station.

Expressing disappointment in the FRA decision, David Hyder, transportation director of the Crater Planning District Commission, said he would welcome the opportunity to revive the new station study.

Petersburg is served by Amtrak’s Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Carolinian and Palmetto.