Since October 2017, Amtrak has operated daily state-sponsored round-trip service originating in Roanoke. This service travels north through the Commonwealth on Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR) trackage with stops in Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Burke Center, and Alexandria before proceeding to Washington, D.C., and cities in the Northeast Corridor. Due to the success of the service both in Lynchburg and Roanoke, community leaders in the Bedford/Franklin County region have advocated for an Amtrak passenger rail stop in the Town of Bedford, which is located along the route.
DRPT and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority worked closely with Norfolk Southern Railway to review and collaborate on the performance of the Rail Traffic Control Study. Norfolk Southern, DRPT, and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority reviewed the modeling results, non-confidential inputs of freight projections, and agreed upon passenger services.
Norfolk Southern Railway’s analysis concluded that the addition of a Bedford passenger rail stop creates non-material new delay to freight operations, assuming that Amtrak schedules adhere to the agreed-upon schedule and that Amtrak does not add service on any part of the study area above what is included in this study.