810 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22903
- Annual Station Revenue (2013)
- Annual Station Ridership (2013)
|Facility Ownership||Union Station Partners LLC|
|Parking Lot Ownership||Union Station Partners LLC, City of Charlottesville|
|Platform Ownership||Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX|
|Track Ownership||Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX|
|10 Short Term Parking Spaces||165 Long Term Parking Spaces||Accessible Payphones|
|Accessible Platform||Accessible Restrooms||Accessible Ticket Office|
|Accessible Waiting Room||Accessible Water Fountain||Baggage Storage|
|Bike Boxes||Checked Baggage||Dedicated Parking|
|Enclosed Waiting Area||Help With Luggage||Pay Phones|
|Quik Trak Kiosk||Restrooms||Shipping Boxes|
|Ticket Office||Wheelchair||Wheelchair Lift|
- Northeast Regional
(504) 528-1639 (ph)
Charlottesville's Union Station was constructed in 1885 and sits between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville. In 1999, Amtrak and the city of Charlottesville dedicated the newly renovated depot following a $700,000 effort. Amtrak moved out of the original station and into the former Railway Express Agency building built in the 1890s. The new facility has a more modern waiting area, ticket counter and restroom, as well as better parking lot access and the addition of a full-service restaurant. One of the unique features of this station is that its two trains serve the station on two separate tracks on either side of the station. The lines cross just south of the building.
Plans to create a transportation hub at the station were not realized. Instead, Charlottesville finished the Downtown Transit Center one mile across town in 2007. Currently, there are proposals to extend the Virginia Railway Express commuter trains to Charlottesville.
Prior to this station's construction, Charlottesville was a major rail hub, served by many trains daily. The first train service to Charlottesville was operated by the Louisa Railroad Company, which later became the Central Virginia Railroad (later Chesapeake & Ohio, now CSX). In the mid 1880s, Virginia Midland Railroad (later Southern Railway, now Norfolk Southern) created a perpendicular north-south route. This produced competition between the two rail companies and strengthened the local economy. Hotels and restaurants went up along West Main Street for the many new railroad workers, including those at a railcar repair shop.
Charlottesville was formed in 1762 along a trade route called Three Notched Road. The city was home to three of our nation's presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. In addition to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, other nearby attractions include the University of Virginia, as well as the University of Virginia Art Museum, Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.
During the academic session, more than 20,000 students flood Charlottesville to attend the university. Charlottesville has grown considerably, with its rich commercial centers and night life.
The facility has a waiting room and is staffed by Amtrak employees.
Charlottesville is served by two daily trains and tri-weekly service.
Beginning October 1, Amtrak Virginia, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and Amtrak, expands daily round-trip service between Lynchburg, Washington, D.C. and points north along the Northeast Corridor. The new service provides communities along the US 29 corridor with more travel options and direct links to Northeast destinations.
The new service is sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of a three-year pilot program designed to provide more transportation options for Virginians. The pilot program also includes new service between Richmond and the Northeast Corridor, slated to begin Dec. 2009.
Go to amtrakvirginia.com for additional information on the new rail service.