New Amtrak line to Norfolk rolls through Henrico - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

New Amtrak line to Norfolk rolls through Henrico

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

The official debut for the Amtrak line to Norfolk is not until Wednesday, but the train made its debut with stops in Henrico and Petersburg.

From now on, the train will make one round-trip every day between Norfolk and Washington, D.C.

Rich and Jenni Jinel are excited for the new line. They say it will save them a few dollars on gas and miles on their car.

"It'd be perfect, you don't have to drive it," says Jenni Jinel.

Transportation leaders are all aboard for the new destination.  They were actually on board for the inaugural ride that took them from Washington D.C. to Norfolk.  Ceremonies were held at various stops including the Petersburg and the Henrico stations.

The train can hold about 265 passengers.  It starts in Norfolk around 4:50 a.m., gets to Henrico around 7 a.m. and then D.C. around 9:45 a.m.  Amtrak says there are plans to add two more lines in the near future. 

"This is a wonderful thing to have here, the business community loves it," say Henrico County board supervisor for Tuckahoe Pat O'Bannon.

But as passengers are expected to board in Henrico, the question now is: can the parking lot keep up with the demand?

"They really need to improve the parking, whether it be a lot right accessible to this lot, adjacent to it or some sort of garage parking because parking is difficult," says Jinel.

"We've been working on that very diligently," says O'Bannon.

O'Bannon says there are talks of putting up a new traffic signal making it easier to get in and out of the lot.

The line will be open to the everyday passenger starting Wednesday. The destination in Norfolk is Harbor Park. 

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:55:28 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    More >>

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    More >>
  • Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:44:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>
  • Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

    Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:44 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:44:16 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:44:35 GMT
    Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Source: CNN/Twitter)Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Source: CNN/Twitter)

    President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his...

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly