Conduct this
Published on Aug 1st, 2012
2 comments A conductor stands ready for any last-minute passengers as Amtrak's Lynchburg-based Northeast Regional prepares for an on-time 8:52am Tuesday departure from Union Station in Charlottesville. The...
How do you get to New York?
Published on May 31st, 2012
Guv's decree: Charlottesville Amtrak service gets another two years
Published on Dec 30th, 2011
15 comments The three-year pilot program to run a daily train between Lynchburg and Boston– greatly bolstering Charlottesville's railroad access to New York and other zesty cities in the Northeast–...
Irene cancels: Bad weekend to go to New York
Published on Aug 26th, 2011
1 comments Airlines are usually the first to cancel in bad weather. With Hurricane Irene ready to slam into the Eastern Seaboard, trains and buses are getting scratched as well. Amtrak canceled trains south...
Pressing on: Cville Amtrak trains to roll through storm
Published on Aug 25th, 2011
1 comments While many flights may be grounded and while Amtrak is canceling some trains "south" of Washington, DC, Friday thru Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28 in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, according to a...
Riding the rails: It's the only way to fly
Published on Jun 22nd, 2011
20 comments Nobody brings rail closer to the airplanes than Reagan National and Metro. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER It's late afternoon, and I'm standing inside New York's JFK airport with over a dozen of my favorite...
Starlight sold: New owner bets on bus travel
Published on Nov 29th, 2010
39 comments New owner Dan Goff says Starlight Express has newer buses, better wi-fi, and more leg room. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER For six years, the Starlight Express, brainchild of entrepreneurs Oliver Kuttner and...
Rail birthday: Amtrak's new train gets one-year profit party
Published on Oct 7th, 2010
0 comments Charlottesville mayor Dave Norris and state rail director Thelma Drake break into an impromptu "Happy Birthday" singalong. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER The new Amtrak train in Charlottesville celebrated...
More trains: Amtrak plans to dailify the Cardinal
Published on Oct 2nd, 2010
45 comments Amtrak wants the Cardinal–- shown here at Union Station–- to leap from 6 to 14 visits per week. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Just a year after helping to launch a wildly popular twice-daily...
Amtrak's Richmond: Staples Mill gets fifth morning northbound train
Published on Jul 20th, 2010
3 comments Travelers will even endure snow drifts to ride the train. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER The state subsidy that created the new daily train service that reached Charlottesville last October and then...
Expanding Amtrak: State to spend $93 million to emulate our train
Published on Jun 28th, 2010
80 comments Despite a pot-holed parking lot, 58 percent of the ridership between Lynchburg and Alexandria comes from the Charlottesville station. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER In an effort to give another city...
Public comment: Should state subsidize trains?
Published on Jun 3rd, 2010
41 comments Charlottesville's Union Station has become a popular launch point for travel. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Members of the public are invited to comment on a burning–- well, chugging, actually...
Choo-ching! New Amtrak service smashes ridership goals
Published on May 20th, 2010
31 comments Richards hopes a second train would allow a longer day-trip to Washington whose opulent Union Station, stands next to the U.S. Capitol. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Meredith Richards always thought...
Snap: Starr Hill houses from train
Published on Jan 3rd, 2010
6 comments Houses along Anderson, Page, and Albemarle Streets still sport their mantle of snow, as seen in this 11:14am view from Amtrak's Northeast Regional on Sunday, January 3. –-the headline has been...
Late Wednesday: Amtrak's late, later, and canceled
Published on Dec 23rd, 2009
3 comments The Buckingham Branch (CSX) tracks near an Ivy-area crossing Saturday morning. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Same spot, but looking in the opposite direction on Tuesday morning. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER...
Slow boarding: But Amtrak runs two days in a row
Published on Dec 22nd, 2009
4 comments Over 200 climbed aboard Monday. Click for a SLIDESHOW PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Dozens of folks were wheeling luggage along snowy Main Street Monday morning and then falling or climbing down the large...
Amtrak reveals: Encouraging early numbers for new train
Published on Dec 17th, 2009
1 comments The Lynchburg paper has the story of the first month of the Northeast Regional train service, which–- with great fanfare–- was extended into the Virginia Piedmont on October 1.
Snap: Last one on board
Published on Oct 20th, 2009
2 comments The last of Tuesday morning's 63 Charlottesville passengers prepares to climb aboard the Northeast Regional, the Amtrak train whose route was recently extended to Lynchburg from its prior southern...
Amtrak and state launch new train
Published on Oct 1st, 2009
2 comments The biggest names in rail and politics came to Charlottesville on Wednesday, September 30, one day ahead of the biggest transportation news in years: the launch of a new regional rail service–...
Car struck by Amtrak train downtown
Published on Jan 2nd, 2008
7 comments No one was injured when a car was struck shortly before 2:30 this afternoon on the Second Street SW SE railroad crossing by a passing Amtrak train. The Westbound Amtrak Cardinal was delayed while a...