realtype wrote:From the Examiner"What is this terminating at L’Enfant Plaza for? Wouldn't there be more passengers if it was an extension of an NEC train, allowing people to easy go beyond DC? Or at least run it to so connections can easily be made.
Amtrak said Wednesday it plans to start new daily commuter train service later this year from Richmond and Lynchburg to Washington.
» Richmond to D.C. — December 2009 start: One train will leave Richmond at 7 a.m., stopping in Ashland, Fredericksburg, Quantico, Woodbridge and Alexandria until it ends at L’Enfant Plaza in the District. An afternoon train will make the reverse trip at 3:55 p.m.
» Lynchburg to D.C. — October 2009 start: One train will leave Lynchburg at 7:38 a.m., with stops in Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Burke Centre, Alexandria and L’Enfant Plaza. The return train leaves D.C. at 4:50 p.m.
» The cost: Fares have not been determined. Virginia is paying the train service $17.2 million over three years.
» The benefit: State officials estimate the services will:
» Remove 1.4 million cars from highways
» Save more than 8.3 million gallons of fuel
» Eliminate 66,000 tons of carbon emissions each year
I guess I was wrong, the new service will terminate at L'Enfant, or that's all Virginia paying for. If they were gonna do that they should have just made it a Virginia Railway Express service, although Richmond and Lynchburg to DC isn't rally a "commuter" route.