Amtrak Service in Virginia
In 2016, Amtrak Virginia trains carried 837,464 passengers, with total ticket revenues of $51.3 million. As a benefit to the mobility of Virginia’s traveling public, Amtrak Virginia trains took an estimated 501,000 cars off of highways. Virginia’s trains have the highest farebox recovery ratio of any state-supported Amtrak service. Taken together, Amtrak Virginia’s combined average operating ratio was 131% in 2016, meaning that for every dollar in costs, the trains made $1.31 in revenue. In 2008, Congress passed the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA), which required states to take financial responsibility for the operating costs for all routes less than 750 miles in length. Since that time, Virginia trains have performed so well that DRPT received an operating credit for several years. In 2016, DRPT paid $2.56 million in operating costs. This represents an average subsidy of only $3 per passenger. Since 2012, when Virginia assumed full responsibility for operating payments, DRPT’s average subsidy per passenger is 57 cents.
Virginia funds four Amtrak routes – Lynchburg (Rt. 46), Newport News (Rt. 47), Norfolk (Rt. 50) and Richmond (Rt. 51) – which consists of six round-trips per day using 12 train sets. Depending on the day, those 12 trains have different numbers. With 21 stations to choose from, Virginia makes it easy to travel within the Commonwealth or to destinations in the Northeast Corridor as far as north Boston.
The train numbers are listed below per route:
Lynchburg, Rt. 46 – Trains 145, 147, 156, 171, 176
Newport News, Rt. 47 – Trains 66, 67, 78, 83, 94, 95, 99, and 194
Norfolk, Rt. 50 – Trains 71, 88, 125, 157, and 174
Richmond, Rt. 51 – Trains 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 93, 164, and 195
Virginia is also served by Amtrak’s long-distance services, including the Auto Train, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, and Silver Star. Additional information on all Amtrak trains is available on Amtrak’s website.
Amtrak Ticket Information
For information on booking travel to and from Virginia, visit the Virginia Amtrak webpage.