By 2013, Amtrak trains will leave from Harbor Park in downtown Norfolk, Virginia (VA), at 5 am and arrive in Washington, DC by 9 am. A return train leaving DC at 3 pm would pull into Norfolk by 7 pm.
That's the plan the passenger rail operator presented to the Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs and officials from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. According to the October 29, 2011, Virginian-Pilot, adults would pay $60 for each one-way trip and leave from a $3 million station in Norfolk that is currently being designed. The state is also presently spending $101 million to upgrade the Norfolk Southern and CSX freight corridor linking Norfolk and Petersburg and Richmond.
At present, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake residents must first drive to Newport News to catch a train. Amtrak officials believe about 67,000 customers each year will take advantage of its service to Norfolk.
As experienced Virginia railroad injury attorneys, my olleagues and I often report on the risks of rail travel, such as those shown in this video:
In October 2011, we described a crash in Oakland, California (CA), in which one Amtrak train rear-ended another, leaving 18 people injured. To find out more about the laws related to train accidents, read this article written by an experienced train accident injury lawyer.