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WDBJ7 ReporterThe Lynchburg Amtrak station gets almost all the attention. Ridership is booming, and there's talk of expanding service into Roanoke. But are other, smaller stations in our area paying a price? At the Smartway bus stop at the Roanoke Civic Center...
Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau ChiefA lot of people are getting on board one of the Amtrak trains that runs through our region. The route between Lynchburg and Washington D.C. is one of four that turned a profit in 2011. It generated more than $10-million, versus the roughly $7-million...
ReporterPat Starkey is looking forward to the day he can catch a train in Roanoke. "Recently my wife and I were headed up to Lynchburg so that we could use Amtrak to travel to Philadelphia," Starkey told us Tuesday afternoon, "and we're looking forward to...
ReporterSupporters of passenger rail are watching closely, as state lawmakers try to strike a bargain on transportation funding. The planned expansion of passenger rail to Roanoke is riding on the negotiations, and so is existing service from Lynchburg to...
The plan that could bring a passenger rail service to Roanoke has cleared its first major legislative hurdles. Both the House and Senate Finance Committees have voted to endorse Governor Bob McDonnell's five-year, 3 billion transportation plan....
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ReporterRecent excursions from downtown Roanoke have given western Virginia a taste of passenger rail. The bus connecting Roanoke with the Amtrak station in Lynchburg has demonstrated the demand. And you don't have to walk far in downtown Roanoke to find...
Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau ChiefThe race for Virginia's Senate seat was front and center in different parts of Lynchburg Thursday afternoon. Tim Kaine stopped at the Lynchburg train station to highlight his plan for investing in American infrastructure. Kaine talked about his work...
Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau ChiefLynchburg's passenger train station is celebrating a big anniversary. Wednesday is the Kemper Street Station's 100th Birthday. The first passenger trains rolled in on October 31, 1912. To commemorate the milestone, Lynchburg train enthusiasts presented...
If you're heading north for Halloween, don't expect to reach your destination on Amtrak. Passenger train service is suspended throughout the northeast. An Amtrak Northeast Regional train is parked at the Kemper Street Station in Lynchburg. It...
Multimedia JournalistMayor David Bowers gave his State of the City speech at the Jefferson Center, Thursday morning. Bowers spoke to a room full of people about the past, present, future and his vision for Roanoke.The Mayor touched on the city's accomplishments over the past...
Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau ChiefWhen Amtrak trains arrive at Lynchburg's Kemper Street Station, passengers are dropped off in the heart of the city. It's a convenient location for travelers like Robert Thomas. "It's been excellent," said Thomas, who was traveling through Lynchburg...
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