The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that the Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved funding for a state-supported Amtrak train from Lynchburg to Washington. The service could begin as early as October if agreements are reached with Norfolk Southern and CSX, over whose tracks the train will run.
The new service would supplement Amtrak's Crescent, a New Orleans - New York run, which stops in Lynchburg northbound at 6 am and southbound at 10 pm, and provide more convenient travel times.
Funding for the train is through a $17.2 million three year appropriation to support the Lynchburg train as well as a Washington - Richmond round trip. It is conceived as a demonstration project to test demand for expanded passenger service. During the funded period the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will seek permanent funding.
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