On December 12th, the City of Norfolk will mark the five-year anniversary of Amtrak passenger rail service with a special open house celebration from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Amtrak Station, 280 Park Avenue.
Tour the facility, enjoy light refreshments and enter a raffle for a chance to win Amtrak, Washington Wizards, Major League Baseball tickets and more.
“Norfolk has worked hard to establish itself as the most multimodal city in the region, and is grateful that Amtrak believed that resuming passenger rail service was an opportunity and not a challenge. The celebration of this milestone is further proof that Norfolk is committed to providing dynamic transportation options for all of South Hampton Roads,” said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander.
A small ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. marking the five-year milestone. The Booker T. Washington High School marching band will perform. Up to 100 attendees will receive a discount food truck voucher from Visit Norfolk to dine at a food truck from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Norfolk-Washington state supported Amtrak Corridor served 155,389 passengers in fiscal year 2017, its largest ridership in the five years of service and an impressive 6% increase over the year prior and 22% increase since 2012. In 2017, Norfolk riders also made the route the largest year-to-year increase of all Virginia state-sponsored passenger rail services. 47,493 passengers rode the rails in and out of Norfolk, a 7% increase over 2016. The station serves one round-trip train and two Amtrak bus services to Newport News daily.
“It is our mission to provide transportation options, and the success of the Norfolk line proves the Commonwealth’s commitment to its citizens. We are incredibly proud to celebrate the service’s fifth anniversary, and we look forward to continuing our work expanding passenger rail in Virginia, including two new trains serving Norfolk in Norfolk in 2019 and 2021,” said DRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell.
For more information about the Norfolk Amtrak Station visit here.