The route from DC to Richmond is very important from a business perspective.
Some years ago I attended a presentation in Ashland, Va., and if I recall correctly the main speaker was Boardman and it was sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Someone from the chamber said that the number-one problem with the Amtrak service was reliability. I-95 was unpredictable, and the airport in Sandston, Va., is southeast of the city and away from much of the business development, which is mostly downtown and on the west side. The business people wanted fast, reliable train service between Washington and Richmond.
As someone who has used the Fredericksburg and Alexandria stations countless times, I agree that unreliability is far and away the biggest problem. Amtrak may be right on time or it may be two hours late. If the state RF&P purchase makes the service reliable and, furthermore, faster and more frequent, business people will use it.
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