Amtrak celebrating five-year anniversary in Norfolk

13News Now Elise Brown shows us how much ridership in the Norfolk area has grown with Amtrak.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Amtrak is celebrating five years since the return of the passenger rail service back to Norfolk. 

According to Amtrak officials, Norfolk was the highest-performing city pair in the Virginia state-supported system in 2017.

"Any time you can add revenue to a city and make people happy, it's a win-win," said Connie Raymond.

Her husband, Joe Raymond, added, "We also have friends that work for DOD, they use this all the time to go back and forth to Washington."

The route, Washington, D.C. to Norfolk, served a total of 155,389 customers, with ridership for the Norfolk station at 47,493.

The success is motivating the state to add more trains, one in 2019 and another in 2022. "They'll be originating here in Norfolk but also serving Richmond, D.C., and the entire Northeast Corridor, all the way up to New York and then to Boston," said Jennifer Mitchell, director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. 

"The success of the Norfolk service testifies to the progressive vision the Commonwealth has brought to bringing real alternatives for residents to travel," said Joe McHugh, Amtrak Vice President of State-Supported Services Business Development. 

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