A new 3,500 square foot passenger rail station opened at Harbor Park in Norfolk on December 2. Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Thelma Drake, Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation provided comments. Many elected officials joined more than 100 community and business leaders at the ribbon cutting ceremony. This grand opening marks the first passenger rail station in Norfolk since 1977.
The Norfolk station services daily Amtrak trains to Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and north up to Boston, as well as Thruway buses between Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News.
“With modern, comfortable amenities, the new train station will greatly improve the passenger experience while serving as an identifiable landmark for those arriving to and departing from Norfolk,” said Mayor Paul D. Fraim.
“A year ago, Virginia, Amtrak, Norfolk Southern, CSX and the City of Norfolk celebrated as their multi-year partnership to bring intercity passenger rail service back to Norfolk became a reality. Today, we return to celebrate the grand opening of the Amtrak station in Norfolk, a beautiful facility that will greet travelers going to and from Harbor Park,” said Thelma Drake.
The Hampton Roads Chamber has been an advocate for passenger rail and supports the improvement of the quality and frequency of intercity passenger rail services from Newport News and Norfolk through Richmond and Washington, D.C. Dependable, efficient, and cost-effective travel to and from the D.C. area is vital to our region.