Building of Roanoke, Virginia’s Amtrak platform expected to start this fall, state says

May 24, 2016

Crews will build downtown Roanoke’s Amtrak platform starting this fall, one year before the expected start of passenger train service, a state official said.Website Insert Real Numbers copy

The $9.9 million platform will parallel the tracks for more than 800 feet near Norfolk Avenue, with 600 feet of the waiting area covered by a canopy, according to current plans.

Officials have said the platform will sit level with the train car’s floor to permit level boarding, a convenience found at no other Virginia Amtrak station.

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation spokeswoman Bethany Wolfe said Amtrak plans to begin service in the “fall of 2017” between Roanoke and all its Northeast corridor stops.

Amtrak passengers will be permitted to bring carry-on luggage, purchase refreshments in a cafe car, ride in a “quiet car” on a first-come, first-served basis and use free WiFi.

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