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.

3516 South Street
Ettrick Station
Petersburg, VA 23803

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2016): $1,877,452
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 30,060
  • Facility Ownership: CSXT
  • Parking Lot Ownership: CSXT
  • Platform Ownership: CSXT
  • Track Ownership: CSXT

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsnol@amtrak.com
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The Petersburg rail station, a one-story brick building, was constructed in 1955 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and is located 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.

Station Type:

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • 15 Short Term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Accessible Payphones
  • Accessible Platform

    Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Ticket Office
  • Accessible Waiting Room
  • Accessible Water Fountain
  • ATM
  • Baggage Storage

    Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.

  • Bike Boxes
  • Checked Baggage
  • Dedicated Parking
  • Elevator
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Help With Luggage
  • High Platform

    A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.

  • Lockers

    Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.

  • Long-term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Lounge
  • Parking Attendant
  • Pay Phones
  • QuikTrakKiosk
  • Restrooms
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Ski Bags
  • Wheelchair Lift

    Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.

  • Wheelchairs

    For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.  

  • WiFi