More than 2,700 riders use Amtrak during first month of Roanoke service

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Amtrak equipment lays over at Roanoke.
Richard D. Shell
ROANOKE, Va. – Amtrak’s new service to Roanoke is proving popular. More than 2,700 people climbed aboard during the first month of service there, the Roanoke Times reports.

Amtrak Northeast Regional service was extended from Lynchburg to Roanoke on Oct. 31, nearly 40 years after the passenger railroad discontinued the Hilltopper in 1979. The Northeast Regional service was extended following the construction of a new $13 million passenger platform in Roanoke.

State and federal officials hope the expanded service will bring an additional 34,000 riders annually.
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