NORFOLK - Lots of people were a part of Norfolk history Wednesday morning as they climbed aboard an Amtrak train headed to Washington, DC.

It's the first time since 1977 that trains have served the Norfolk area headed for points north.

It's a first for Carla Cooper.

'I've never been on a train before ever in my entire life other than the light rail, so I was on the inaugural light rail so I had to be on the inaugural Amtrak,' she said.

Trains will run from Harbor Park in downtownNorfolk to Richmond, Washington, D.C., New York and Boston.

Officials hope the train will be a popular alternative to your car and will help reduce congestion on I-64.

Plans call for building a station at Harbor Park to connect the train to The Tide light rail, buses and the Elizabeth River ferry.

To check the route or book a ride, go to the Amtrak Virginia Website or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. Through December 30, tickets to Washington, DC are on sale for $19.00 each way.

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