Amtrak Line More Trafficked than Expected

The new Amtrak train between Lynchburg and Washington had twice as many passengers as expected during its first month of operation in October …

Charlottesville also had a strong increase in ridership. More than 8,500 people got on or off the two trains in Charlottesville during October. That was about 2,300 more riders than the city had in the same month of 2008.

Is anyone using this line to commute from Charlottesville to DC?

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  1. downtownenvy December 17, 2009 at 07:42

    Hi Jim! The husband has used it twice to go into DC for CE courses that were on a weekend. Because of the time that it arrives in DC it works better for him on Fridays than when he needs to be there early. It has been super convenient for avoiding the parking and driving situation. He enjoyed his trip both times.

    1. Jim Duncan December 17, 2009 at 15:00

      Outstanding. It’s a shame it doesn’t come through Charlottesville earlier, but hopefully this is a sign that eventually it will become better-scheduled and more frequent.

      Maybe before I die, we’ll have high-speed rail, too!

  2. Mark December 18, 2009 at 21:58

    I took it from Alexandria to C-ville last Friday. It was on time and took 2h30m, the same as driving. Fare was $26, though. It leaves after 5pm which is great for leaving work but the morning train arrives after 11am so it’s no good for Monday morning.


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