Amtrak says it has a new train system on its way to Virginia’s Northern Rail Corridor, and it’s getting ready to roll.
The first train will operate from Virginia City to Newport News next month, then the entire Northern Rail corridor will operate in 2021.
Amtrak says the train system will bring passenger and freight train capacity closer together.
It’s a major step in the development of the region’s rail network.
Amtrak’s Northern rail service will begin in 2018, with the first train departing in 2021, with a final departure in 2024.
Amtrak said it expects that rail service to operate between Virginia City and Newport News on average seven times a year.
The company said the Northern Rail line will bring Amtrak passenger train capacity close to that of the Atlantic Coast.
Amtrak, which operates in 21 states and territories, plans to have a rail network that includes five lines, each with more than 100 trains, with service between Newport News and Charlottesville.
Amtrak has said that Virginia’s first train would run from Virginia Beach to Newport, then Norfolk and Norfolk to Richmond.
Amtrak is also moving to build a second rail line from Washington, D.C., to Norfolk, but that project is not expected to begin until 2021.