Amtrak now has a passenger shed to overnight in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. — Amtrak’s new Roanoke passenger service is getting closer to reality now that project managers recently finished building a train servicing facility adjacent to existing Norfolk Southern tracks downtown. The facility will be used to store the passenger train overnight.

The facility is located at Williamson Road and Albemarle Avenue and includes about 900 feet of track space. It cost approximately $4.9-million to build the spur and servicing facilities. It is the first of two Amtrak facilities that are being built before the passenger service ramps up in October. The second project is a downtown station platform and waiting area.

When the service begins this fall, Amtrak will provide one daily round trip train from Washington, D.C., to Roanoke. The train will use NS tracks from Lynchburg, Va., to gain access into Roanoke.

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