Northeast Regional
Northeast Regional logo.svg
Northeast Regional 152 (12384532733).jpg
Northeast Regional in Odenton, Maryland, 2014
Overview
Service typeInter-city rail, higher-speed rail
LocaleNortheastern and Mid-Atlantic United States
First service2008 (renamed from Regional)
Current operator(s)Amtrak
Annual ridership7,091,325 (FY22) Increase 102.1%[a][1]
Route
TerminiBoston, Springfield, Mass., or New York City
Washington, D.C. or Newport News, Norfolk, Roanoke, or Richmond, Virginia
Stops55 (including all branches)
Distance travelled682 mi (1,098 km) (longest distance: Boston–Roanoke)
Average journey time14 hours (greatest travel time: Boston–Roanoke)
Service frequency50+ trains per day[2][3][4]
Train number(s)65–67, 82, 84–88, 93–96, 99, 121–126, 129–130, 132, 134–135, 137–141, 143, 145–169, 171–176, 178–180, 182–186, 189–190, 192–196
On-board services
Class(es)Coach Class
Business Class
Sleeper Service[b]
Sleeping arrangements
  • Roomette (2 beds)[b]
  • Bedroom (2 beds)[b]
  • Bedroom Suite (4 beds)[b]
  • Accessible Bedroom (2 beds)[b]
Catering facilitiesCafé
Baggage facilitiesOverhead racks
Checked baggage at selected stations[b]
Technical
Rolling stockAmfleet coaches
Viewliner sleepers and baggage cars[b]
Siemens ACS-64 locomotives
GE Genesis locomotives
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead line:
Operating speed125 mph (201 km/h) (top)

The Northeast Regional is an intercity rail service operated by Amtrak in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. In the past it has been known as the NortheastDirect, Acela Regional, or Regional. It is Amtrak's busiest route, carrying 8,686,930 passengers in fiscal year (FY) 2018, a 1.4% increase over the 8.57 million passengers in FY 2017.[6] The Northeast Regional service earned over $613.9 million in gross ticket revenue in FY 2016, a 0.4% increase over the $611.7 million earned during FY 2015.[7]

The Northeast Regional offers daily all-reserved service, usually at least every hour. Trains generally run along the Northeast Corridor between Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., via New York City. Extensions and branches provide service to Newport News, Norfolk, and Roanoke, Virginia, and Springfield, Massachusetts, with intermediate stops.

Trains cover the most popular stretch between Pennsylvania Station (New York City) and Washington Union Station in approximately 3.5 hours.[8] The section between New York and Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours, while the part between Philadelphia and Washington takes 2 hours.[4] North of New York, the travel time to Boston is 4 hours, while trips to Springfield take 3.5 hours.[3] South of Washington, trains take 4.5 hours to reach Newport News, 4.5 hours to reach Norfolk, or 5 hours to reach Roanoke.[2]

History

The NortheastDirect branding was used for most Northeast Regional services between 1995 and 2003
The NortheastDirect branding was used for most Northeast Regional services between 1995 and 2003

See also: List of Amtrak routes on the Northeast Corridor

The services along the line, as inherited from Penn Central, once had their own names, such as the "Yankee Clipper" and the "Federal"; typically a name applied to at most one train and its "twin" in the opposite direction. Electrification ended at New Haven, Connecticut, requiring an engine change. On October 28, 1995, Amtrak introduced the "NortheastDirect" brand for all trains on the Northeast Corridor (and its extension to Newport News, Virginia) except for the express Metroliner and hourly Clocker services. The November 10, 1996, timetable restored the old names in addition to the NortheastDirect brand.[9] The names (except the Twilight Shoreliner) were dropped with the May 16, 1999, schedule.[10]

An HHP-8 locomotive and Amfleet I cars in Acela Regional branding at South Station, Boston, in 2002
An HHP-8 locomotive and Amfleet I cars in Acela Regional branding at South Station, Boston, in 2002

In 2000, Amtrak completed electrifying the route from New Haven to Boston in preparation for the introduction of the Acela Express, thereby eliminating the engine change at New Haven. The first two all-electric round-trips to and from Boston were branded Acela Regional and equipped with refurbished Amfleet cars painted in the Acela-like "Phase V" livery. All-electric service began on January 31, 2000.[11] The NortheastDirect branding continued to be used for trains which changed from electric to diesel traction in New Haven.[12]

Due to customer confusion with the Acela Express, the name was changed again on March 17, 2003, to simply "Regional."[13] As part of rebranding and service improvements, the name was changed to "Northeast Regional" on June 23, 2008 (though it also appeared on schedules several months beforehand).[14][15]

On May 12, 2015, Northeast Regional Train 188, traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City, derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 people. The train derailed along a curve and was determined to have been traveling at a speed of about 100 mph, exceeding the limit of 50 mph on that curve.[16] This speed limit was not posted; engineers on that route are expected to rely on memory to control the speed of the train. Additionally, the train was suspected to have been hit by a projectile, as was a commuter train in the area shortly before the derailment.[17]

Private sleeping rooms on overnight trains 65/66/67, last available in 2004 on the Federal, were made available effective April 5, 2021.[18]

Virginia service

The Colonial at Fredericksburg in the 1980s
The Colonial at Fredericksburg in the 1980s

Some Northeast Regional trains continue into Virginia, serving three branches to Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke, serving points in between. These tracks are not electrified and are partially owned by both freight railroads and the State of Virginia.

After Amtrak took over intercity passenger service on May 1, 1971, rail service in Virginia was limited to a small number of long-distance trains, where they were often not suited to regional travel. Regional service south to Newport News began on June 14, 1976, when Amtrak ended the Newport News section of the James Whitcomb Riley and the Colonial was added in its place with two daily round trips from Boston to Newport News via Alexandria, Richmond and Williamsburg.

A Northeast Regional crosses the James River near Lynchburg, Virginia in 2011
A Northeast Regional crosses the James River near Lynchburg, Virginia in 2011

Virginia and Amtrak partnered in 2009 under the brand Amtrak Virginia to expand passenger rail service within the Commonwealth, making Virginia the 15th state to fund state services in addition to federally funded routes.[19] One daily Northeast Regional round trip was extended to from Washington to Lynchburg via Manassas and Charlottesville on October 1, 2009, supplementing the existing Crescent service.[20] In the first month, ridership doubled expectations.[21] On July 20, 2010, Amtrak added an additional Northeast Regional frequency from Washington to Richmond Staples Mill Road station, increasing the Washington-Richmond corridor to eight daily round trips with hourly northbound morning service.[22]

A further extension south from Richmond to Norfolk along Norfolk Southern tracks was planned by the Department of Rail & Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Commonwealth of Virginia in cooperation with Amtrak. Certain track upgrades (e.g., passing sidings, replacing track to increase operating speeds) between Richmond and Norfolk that were necessary to enable this extension were funded jointly by Norfolk Southern and DRPT. Service started on December 12, 2012.[23] A second daily Norfolk round trip on weekdays was added on March 4, 2019.[24] Schedules for the Newport News trains are also being modified to improve service to the Hampton Roads region.[25]

On August 9, 2013, it was announced that Amtrak hoped to complete track and infrastructure upgrades in order to bring train service to Roanoke by 2016.[26] The project encountered delays, and by late 2016 service was planned to begin in late 2017 with a single train extended from Lynchburg serving the city daily after construction of the Roanoke station platform, which was to begin in early 2017 and take most of the year.[27] Amtrak began service to Roanoke on October 31, 2017.[28]

On December 19, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a $3.7 billion program to expand rail service in Virginia, which includes doubling the frequency of Amtrak service between Richmond and Washington.[29][30] As part of the program, the commonwealth paid CSX Transportation $525 million to purchase 223 miles of track and 386 miles of right-of-way, a deal which was finalized on March 31, 2021.[31] One round trip was extended from Staples Mill to Main Street in September 2021 as the first service expansion under the program.[32] Service changes on July 11, 2022, added a second daily Roanoke round trip and an additional Norfolk weekday round trip (making three round trips on weekdays and two on weekends).[33][34] That change resulted in July 2022 ridership on the state-supported Virginia routes being 20% higher than June 2022 and 29% higher than July 2019.[35]

Extension of the route south of Roanoke to Christiansburg, Virginia, near Virginia Tech, is proposed, with further extension to Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee as a long-range possibility. Plans by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) depend on difficult negotiations with Norfolk Southern, and funding improvements for both freight and passenger service, as in previous agreements with private carriers. The town of Christiansburg acquired land for a new station in 2016.[36] Meanwhile, the DRPT has started a statewide bus service, operated by Megabus, called the Virginia Breeze, for areas not served by rail. The three daily bus routes terminate at Washington Union Station, with stops at a few other Northeast Regional stations, and bypassing others for stops closer to highways. Closed in 1979, Bedford station in Bedford, Virginia, was not reopened as part of the extension to Roanoke. In 2021, the DRPT estimated that an infill station in Bedford would draw 10,050 new riders per year, cost $10.9 million, and could be completed by 2025.[37]

Operation

Equipment

A typical Northeast Regional with an ACS-64 locomotive and Amfleet I passenger cars at New London Union Station
A typical Northeast Regional with an ACS-64 locomotive and Amfleet I passenger cars at New London Union Station

As of 2018, most Northeast Regional trains consist of 7 to 9 passenger cars hauled by a locomotive.[38]

The passenger cars are the Amfleet I series passenger cars built by the Budd Company in the mid-to-late 1970s. Most trains include a Business Class car, a Café car (food service/lounge), and up to seven Coach Class cars, one of which is designated the quiet car, where passengers are asked to refrain from loud talking and mobile phone conversations.

The overnight Northeast Regional service (trains 65, 66, and 67) have a different configuration with fewer Coach Class cars, a combination Business Class/Café car, a baggage car for checked baggage service, and a Viewliner sleeping car which travels the full route to and from Newport News, VA but is only open to passengers between Boston and Washington.

Between Boston and Washington, the service has overhead electric wires and is pulled by Siemens ACS-64 electric locomotives at speeds up to 125 mph (201 km/h). Northeast Regional trains operating south of Washington, D.C. into Virginia and on the New Haven–Springfield Line use GE Genesis diesel locomotives which have a slightly lower top speed of 110 mph (180 km/h).

In the coming years all equipment will be replaced with Amtrak Airo trainsets, the railroad's branding of its combination of Siemens Venture passenger cars and a Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotive.[39] The trainsets for the Northeast Corridor will have eight passenger cars, which will include a food service area and a mix of 2x2 Coach Class and 2x1 Business Class seating.[40] The car closest to the locomotive will be a specialized "Auxiliary Power Vehicle" which will include a pantograph to collect power from overhead lines and will feed it to four traction motors in the car, and via a DC link cable, to the four traction motors in the locomotive.[41] Outside of electrified territory, the locomotive's diesel engine will generate power for the traction motors. The arrangement will offer a near seamless transition between power sources on through trains to Virginia and Springfield, Massachusetts, a process that currently requires a time-consuming locomotive change.

Classes of service

All classes of service include complimentary WiFi, an electric outlet (120 V, 60 Hz AC) at each seat, reading lamps, fold-out tray tables. Reservations are required on all trains, tickets may be purchased online, from a station agent, a ticketing machine, or, at a higher cost, from the conductor on the train.[42]

Route

Amtrak Northeast Regional (interactive map)
Amtrak Northeast Regional (interactive map)

Most Northeast Regional trains operate over the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington (via New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore). The corridor is owned, in part, by Amtrak, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Metro-North Railroad (MNRR), and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT).[45]

Some trips diverge at New Haven and turn north to serve Springfield, Massachusetts, operating over Amtrak’s New Haven–Springfield Line. For trains that don’t, Amtrak’s Hartford Line trains provide connecting service along the line, with timed transfers to and from many Northeast Regional trips.[3]

Several trips continue south of Washington D.C. to Virginia, running to either Roanoke, Richmond, Newport News, or Norfolk. All Virginia services use the northernmost portion of the ex-Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (now owned by CSX Transportation) between Washington and Alexandria, Virginia. South of Alexandria, trains to Roanoke use the Norfolk Southern Railway (ex-Southern Railway, ex-Virginia Midland Railway). Trains to Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News use the CSX RF&P, Richmond Terminal, and Bellwood subdivisions between Alexandria and Richmond.

South of Richmond, trains to Newport News use the CSX Peninsula Subdivision. Trains to Norfolk use the CSX North End Subdivision and Norfolk Southern's Norfolk District (ex-Norfolk and Western Railway).

Funding

Amtrak receives federal funding for its operations between Boston and Washington, D.C. Northeast Regional operations south of Washington are funded in part by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Operations along the New Haven–Springfield Line are funded by the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Station stops

Boston–Washington, D.C.

State Town/City Station Connections
MA Boston South Station Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Lake Shore Limited
MBTA Commuter Rail MBTA Commuter Rail: Fairmount Line, Framingham/Worcester Line, Franklin Line, Needham Line, Old Colony Lines, Greenbush Line, Providence/Stoughton Line
MBTA.svg MBTA subway:  Red Line   Silver Line 
MBTA white T logo.svg MBTA Bus
Bus interchange Intercity bus service at South Station Bus Terminal
Back Bay Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Lake Shore Limited
MBTA Commuter Rail MBTA Commuter Rail: Framingham/Worcester Line, Franklin Line, Needham Line, Providence/Stoughton Line
MBTA.svg MBTA subway:  Orange Line 
MBTA white T logo.svg MBTA Bus
Westwood Route 128 Amtrak Amtrak: Acela
MBTA Commuter Rail MBTA Commuter Rail: Providence/Stoughton Line
RI Providence Providence Amtrak Amtrak: Acela
MBTA Commuter Rail MBTA Commuter Rail: Providence/Stoughton Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
West Kingston Kingston Bus interchange Local bus: Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
Westerly Westerly Bus interchange Local bus: Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
CT Mystic Mystic
New London New London Shore Line East CTrail: Shore Line East
Bus interchange Local bus: Southeast Area Transit
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound
Old Saybrook Old Saybrook Shore Line East CTrail: Shore Line East
Bus interchange Local bus: Estuary Transit District
New Haven Union Station Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Hartford Line, Vermonter
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line, Shore Line East
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North:  New Haven Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit New Haven
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound, Peter Pan
Bridgeport Bridgeport Amtrak Amtrak: Vermonter
Shore Line East CTrail: Shore Line East
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North:  New Haven Line,  Waterbury Branch
Bus interchange Local bus: Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority
Stamford Stamford Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Vermonter
Shore Line East CTrail: Shore Line East
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North:  New Haven Line,  New Canaan Branch
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit Stamford
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound
NY New Rochelle New Rochelle MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North:  New Haven Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Bee-Line
New York City Penn Station Amtrak Amtrak (long-distance): Adirondack, Cardinal, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
Amtrak Amtrak (intercity): Acela, Berkshire Flyer, Carolinian, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone Service, Maple Leaf, Vermonter
MTA NYC logo.svg Long Island Rail Road:  Main Line,  Port Washington Branch
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  North Jersey Coast Line,  Northeast Corridor Line,  Gladstone Branch,  Montclair-Boonton Line,  Morristown Line
BSicon SUBWAY.svg NYC Subway: "1" train"2" train"3" train"A" train"C" train"E" train
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH: HOB-33 JSQ-33 JSQ-33 (via HOB)
Bus interchange Local bus: MTA Bus
NJ Newark Newark Penn Station Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
Newark Light Rail Newark Light Rail
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  North Jersey Coast Line,  Northeast Corridor Line,  Raritan Valley Line
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH: NWK-WTC
Bus interchange Local bus: NJ Transit Bus
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound, Coach USA, Fullington Trailways
Newark Airport Newark Liberty International Airport AirTrain EWR notext logo.svg AirTrain Newark to Newark Liberty International Airport
Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  North Jersey Coast Line,  Northeast Corridor Line
Iselin Metropark Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Keystone Service, Palmetto, Vermonter
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  Northeast Corridor Line
Bus interchange Local bus: NJ Transit Bus
New Brunswick New Brunswick Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service, Palmetto
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  Northeast Corridor Line
Bus interchange Local bus: NJ Transit Bus
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Suburban Transit
West Windsor Princeton Junction Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  Northeast Corridor Line,  Princeton Branch
Bus interchange Local bus: NJ Transit Bus
Trenton Trenton Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Vermonter
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  Northeast Corridor Line,  River Line
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail:  Trenton Line
Bus interchange Local bus: SEPTA Suburban Bus, NJ Transit Bus
PA Cornwells Heights Cornwells Heights Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail:  Trenton Line
Bus interchange Local bus: SEPTA City Bus, SEPTA Suburban Bus
Philadelphia North Philadelphia Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail:  Trenton Line,  Chestnut Hill West Line
SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Transit: Broad Street
Bus interchange Local bus: SEPTA City Bus
30th Street Station Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail: all lines
NJ Transit NJ Transit:  Atlantic City Line
SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Transit: Market-Frankford Subway-Surface
Bus interchange Local bus: SEPTA City Bus, SEPTA Suburban Bus, NJ Transit Bus
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Megabus (North America) Megabus, Martz Trailways
DE Wilmington Wilmington Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail:  Wilmington/​Newark Line
Bus interchange Local bus: DART First State
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound
Newark Newark SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail:  Wilmington/​Newark Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Cecil Transit, DART First State, UNICITY
Bus interchange Intercity bus: FlixBus
MD Aberdeen Aberdeen MARC train.svg MARC:  Penn Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Harford Transit
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound
Baltimore Penn Station Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
MARC train.svg MARC:  Penn Line
BSicon TRAM.svg Light RailLink
Bus interchange Local bus: MTA Maryland, Charm City Circulator
Hanover BWI Airport Baltimore/Washington International Airport Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Crescent, Vermonter
MARC train.svg MARC:  Penn Line
Bus interchange Shuttle to Baltimore/Washington International Airport Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Bus interchange Local bus: MTA Maryland, UMBC Transit
New Carrollton New Carrollton Amtrak Amtrak: Vermonter
MARC train.svg MARC:  Penn Line
WMATA Metro Logo small.svg Metro: WMATA Orange.svg Orange Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Metrobus, TheBus, MTA Maryland
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound
DC Washington Washington
Union Station
Amtrak Amtrak: Acela, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter, Thruway Motorcoach
MARC train.svg MARC:  Brunswick Line,  Camden Line,  Penn Line
Virginia Railway Express Virginia Railway Express:  Manassas Line,  Fredericksburg Line
WMATA Metro Logo small.svg Metro: WMATA Red.svg Red Line
BSicon TRAM1.svg DC Streetcar: H Street/Benning Road Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Metrobus, DC Circulator, MTA Maryland, Loudoun County Transit, PRTC Buses
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound, Megabus (North America) Megabus, BoltBus, BestBus, Peter Pan, OurBus

Springfield–New Haven

State Town/City Station Connections
MA Springfield Springfield Amtrak Amtrak: Lake Shore Limited, Hartford Line, Vermonter, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound, Peter Pan
CT Windsor Locks Windsor Locks Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Vermonter, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit
Windsor Windsor Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit
Hartford Hartford Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Vermonter, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit Hartford
Bus rapid transit BRT: CTfastrak CTfastrak
Bus interchange Intercity bus: Greyhound Lines Greyhound, Peter Pan
Kensington Berlin Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit New Britain
Meriden Meriden Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Vermonter, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit Meriden
Wallingford Wallingford Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit Wallingford
New Haven State Street Amtrak Amtrak: Hartford Line, Valley Flyer
Hartford Line CTrail: Hartford Line, Shore Line East
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North:  New Haven Line
Bus interchange Local bus: CTtransit New Haven
To New Haven Union Station

Washington, D.C.–Newport News / Norfolk

State Town/City Station Connections
DC From Washington Union Station
Washington L'Enfant Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Fredericksburg Line,  Manassas Line
WMATA Metro Logo small.svg Metro: WMATA Blue.svg Blue Line, WMATA Silver.svg Silver Line, WMATA Orange.svg Orange Line, WMATA Green.svg Green Line, WMATA Yellow.svg Yellow Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Metrobus, DC Circulator, MTA Maryland Commuter Bus, OmniRide
VA Alexandria Alexandria Amtrak Amtrak: Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Crescent, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Fredericksburg Line,  Manassas Line
WMATA Metro Logo small.svg Metro: WMATA Blue.svg Blue Line, WMATA Yellow.svg Yellow Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Metrobus, DASH
Woodbridge Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Fredericksburg Line
Bus interchange Local bus: OmniRide
Quantico Quantico Amtrak Amtrak: Carolinian
Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Fredericksburg Line
Bus interchange Local bus: OmniRide
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Amtrak Amtrak: Carolinian, Silver Meteor
Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Fredericksburg Line
Bus interchange Local bus: FRED
Ashland Ashland
Richmond Richmond Staples Mill Road Amtrak Amtrak: Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Thruway Motorcoach
Bus interchange Local bus: Greater Richmond Transit Company
Service to Newport News, Virginia
Richmond Richmond–Main Street Bus interchange Local bus: Greater Richmond Transit Company
Williamsburg Williamsburg Bus interchange Local bus: Hampton Roads Transit, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority
Newport News Newport News Amtrak Amtrak: Thruway Motorcoach
Bus interchange Local bus: Hampton Roads Transit
Service to Norfolk, Virginia
Ettrick Petersburg Amtrak Amtrak: Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
Norfolk Norfolk Light rail interchange Tide Light Rail
Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach

Washington, D.C.–Roanoke

State Town/City Station Connections
Virginia From Alexandria Union Station
Burke Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Manassas Line
Bus interchange Local bus: Metrobus, Fairfax Connector
Manassas Manassas Amtrak Amtrak: Cardinal, Crescent
Virginia Railway Express VRE:  Manassas Line
Bus interchange Local bus: OmniRide
Culpeper Culpeper Amtrak Amtrak: Cardinal, Crescent
Charlottesville Charlottesville Amtrak Amtrak: Cardinal, Crescent, Thruway Motorcoach
Bus interchange Local bus: Charlottesville Area Transit
Lynchburg Lynchburg Amtrak Amtrak: Crescent
Bus interchange Local bus: Greater Lynchburg Transit Company
Roanoke Roanoke Bus interchange Local bus: Valley Metro, SmartWay
Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach

References

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fiscal Year 2022 Ridership" (PDF). Amtrak. November 29, 2022. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Amtrak Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Virginia Service Timetable" (PDF). Amtrak. March 4, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Amtrak Northeast Corridor BOS–WAS Timetable" (PDF). Amtrak. March 4, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Amtrak Northeast Corridor NYP–WAS Timetable" (PDF). Amtrak. March 4, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Woods, Kimberly (March 8, 2021). "Amtrak To Add Private Rooms to Overnight Northeast Regional Trains". Amtrak Media (Press release). Retrieved March 18, 2021.((cite press release)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Amtrak FY18 Ridership" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Amtrak FY16 Ridership and Revenue Fact Sheet" (PDF). Amtrak. April 17, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "The eternal question: New York via train or bus?". Greater Greater Washington. August 3, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Scanner". Trains. February 1997.
  10. ^ "A step back in the Northeast". Trains. August 1999. p. 17.
  11. ^ Palmer, Thomas C. Jr. (February 1, 2000). "Amtrak Unveils All-Electric Train Boston-N.Y. Trip Takes 4 Hours on Acela Regional". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  12. ^ Johnston, Bob (January 2001). "Acela Express begins; NEC schedules revamped". Trains. Vol. 61, no. 1. p. 24. ISSN 0041-0934.
  13. ^ "Amtrak to Limit Use of Train Name 'Acela'". Huron Daily Tribune. Associated Press. March 4, 2003.
  14. ^ "Form W4–50M–4/7/08 Northeast Corridor: Boston to Virginia Beach" (PDF). Amtrak. April 7, 2008.
  15. ^ "Regional Re-Launch Begins Today" (PDF). Amtrak This Week. Amtrak. June 23, 2008 – via Government Attic.
  16. ^ "At Least 7 Dead, Over 200 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails, Rolls on Side in Philadelphia". Philadelphia, PA: WPVI-TV. May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  17. ^ "Did something strike Amtrak train before crash?". ABC7 Chicago. May 15, 2015.
  18. ^ McKenna, Charlie (March 8, 2021). "Amtrak to add private rooms to Northeast regional overnight trains". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  19. ^ "NEW WEBSITE FOR AMTRAK TRAVELERS IN VIRGINIA – AMTRAKVIRGINIA.COM" (PDF) (Press release). Amtrak. September 24, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2016.
  20. ^ "Northeast Corridor Timetable 3" (PDF). Amtrak. October 1, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Reed, Ray (December 16, 2009). "Amtrak's Lynchburg-Washington line beats projections". The News & Advance. Retrieved December 17, 2009 – via The Committee to Advance The TransDominion Express.
  22. ^ "Amtrak Virginia Introduces Additional Service Between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC". ETB Travel News. July 14, 2010. Archived from the original on April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  23. ^ "Governor McDonnell Announces Amtrak Virginia to Norfolk to Start December 12". Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. August 30, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "Virginia Announces Additional Amtrak Service to Norfolk Beginning March 4th" (Press release). Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. January 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "Newport News & Norfolk Schedule Optimization" (PDF). Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. January 10, 2019.
  26. ^ Marrano, Gene (August 20, 2013). "Passenger Rail Is Coming To Roanoke Says Governor McDonnell". The Roanoke Star. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Sturgeon, Jeff (December 6, 2016). "State hunts for contractor to build Roanoke Amtrak platform". Roanoke Times. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  28. ^ Wickline, Alison (October 30, 2017). "Roanoke celebrates inaugural Amtrak ride". WSLS.
  29. ^ MARTZ, MICHAEL. "Virginia has $3.7 billion deal to expand rail service between Richmond and Washington". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  30. ^ Lazo, Luz (December 19, 2019). "Virginia to build Long Bridge and acquire CSX right of way to expand passenger train service". Washington Post. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  31. ^ Pascale, Jordan (March 31, 2021). "Virginia Finalizes $3.7 Billion Deal To Acquire Tracks From CSX". WAMU. Retrieved April 9, 2021 – via National Public Radio.
  32. ^ Lazo, Luz (September 27, 2021). "Virginia expands Amtrak service to downtown Richmond as part of $3.7 billion rail program". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  33. ^ "Amtrak Increases Daily Service to Roanoke" (Press release). Amtrak. June 21, 2022.
  34. ^ "Amtrak Increases Daily Service to Norfolk" (Press release). Amtrak. June 21, 2022.
  35. ^ "Ridership on Amtrak's Virginia Routes Hits All-Time High" (Press release). Amtrak. August 30, 2022.
  36. ^ "Christiansburg buys property for proposed rail station".
  37. ^ Smith, Rachael. "Rail stop in Bedford becomes more realistic after study is completed". NewsAdvance.com. No. 26 October 2021. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  38. ^ "Amtrak - Northeast Regional". TrainWeb. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  39. ^ "Introducing Our New Trains: Amtrak Airo". Amtrak. December 15, 2022. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  40. ^ "Amtrak FY 2022–2027 Asset Line Plan" (PDF). Amtrak. p. 132. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  41. ^ Worrell, Carolina (December 19, 2022). "First Look: Amtrak Airo". Railway Age. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  42. ^ "Travel Guide to Train Fares". Amtrak. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  43. ^ "Reserved Coach Class Seat". Amtrak. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  44. ^ "Amtrak Expands Popular Assigned Seat Offering to Northeast Regional Trains in Business Class". Amtrak. October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  45. ^ "Amtrak National Facts". Amtrak. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  46. ^ "Amtrak to continue providing service to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority under new agreement". August 7, 2017.

Notes

  1. ^ Amtrak's Fiscal Year (FY) runs from October 1 of the prior year to September 30 of the named year.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Trains 65, 66, and 67 only.[5]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata