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Petersburg, VA (PTB)

Located a few blocks west of the Virginia State University campus, the station is a good example of Mid-Century Modern architecture.


Station Facts

Petersburg, VA Station Photo

Petersburg, Virginia

3516 South Street Ettrick Station Petersburg, VA 23803

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2014)
$1,926,437
Annual Station Ridership (2014)
29,383

Ownerships

Facility Ownership CSXT
Parking Lot Ownership CSXT
Platform Ownership CSXT
Track Ownership CSXT

Features

15 Short Term Parking Spaces 50 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
Restrooms Shipping Boxes Ticket Office
Wheelchair Wheelchair Lift

Routes Served

  • Carolinian
  • Northeast Regional
  • Palmetto
  • Silver Meteor
  • Silver Star

Contact

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsnol@amtrak.com
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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Station History

The Petersburg rail station, a one-story brick building, was constructed in 1955 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and is locate near the Appomattox River. CSX leases the southern portion of the station to Amtrak and the northern area is unoccupied.

In the late 1980s, the station saw a few minor renovations, including an expanded waiting room, new floors and furniture and the removal of an interior wall. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has plans for a high-speed rail service utilizing a corridor connecting Richmond and the South Hampton Roads. One possible route for the corridor is the CSX route through Petersburg. If the Petersburg station is chosen as a station on the high-speed rail system, major improvements to the existing station would most likely be necessary. These may include acquiring additional property for expansion of the station, parking and supporting facilities.

The city of Petersburg’s roots are embedded in its routes. Originally a Powhattan settlement, people came over from England and settled at Fort Henry. Petersburg grew out of the expansion of Fort Henry. The Port of Petersburg drew many merchants, as it was a major hub for commercial transportation and processing of goods.

As travel technology developed, Petersburg grew as a railroad crossroads, with lines linking the city to all four compass directions. The South Side Railroad to the west was an important Confederate resource, used as a supply line during the Civil War.

Fort Lee and the Pamplin Historical Park are both about eight miles from the station.

Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station which is served by ten daily trains.

Northeast Regional service within Virginia is funded in part through grants made available by the Commonwealth of Virginia.