Richmond – Staples Mill Road Station, VA (RVR)

Staples Mill station is a major rail hub with connections south to Charleston, Savannah and Florida vacation spots, or north to our nation’s capital and the greater Northeast.

Richmond Staples Mill Road Station

7519 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23228

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (FY 2017): $25,579,899
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 373,832
  • Facility Ownership: Amtrak
  • Parking Lot Ownership: Amtrak
  • Platform Ownership: CSXT
  • Track Ownership: CSXT

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
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The Staples Mill Road station is located just north of Richmond in the Henrico County suburbs, and is the busiest Amtrak facility in the Southeast. It opened in Nov. 1975, built to replace the historic, neoclassical Broad Street Station sited about three-and-a-half miles south and adjacent to Richmond’s famous Fan District. The new station facilitated train movements, cutting about 10 minutes from the run times of New York-Florida trains. Following a public open house on Nov. 14, the northbound Silver Star (New York – St. Petersburg/Miami) was the first train to stop at the facility the following day.

Designed by David Volkert and Associates, with Roderick Slater as the main architect, the station consists of a one-story building of buff brick and steel construction with two tracks served by one platform. Walls of windows allow natural light to flood the waiting room, which features built-in bench seating. Minor renovations over the years included the expansion of the parking lot and inclusion of employee parking, as well as the addition of a mechanical department.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation invested $8.5 million in VTA 2000 and Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital dedicated state funds to add 299 new parking spots, doubling the lot capacity to 587 spaces, that opened in summer 2018. ADA parking spaces and a dedicated bus-loading zone are also available, and the project provides better multi-modal access to the Greater Richmond Transit Company’s public transit network.

The Virginia Department of Transportation managed construction of the parking project, which includes new access for improved traffic flow, 31 new light poles with energy-efficient LED lights and 1,000 trees and shrubs with two reforestation plantings.

The city of Richmond is the capital of Virginia. Founded in 1737, it was named after the town of Richmond, England, whose view of the Thames River was remarkably similar to Richmond’s view of the James River. The city is rich with history. Patrick Henry delivered his “Liberty or Death” speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond. In 1780, the state capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond to provide a more centralized location and to isolate the capital from British attack. In 1786, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was passed in Richmond, leading to the principle of freedom of religion.

After the Revolutionary War, Richmond emerged as an important transportation crossroads and economic center, much tied to its role in the trade of enslaved people. The James River was used to create the first canal system in the United States, but later gave way to railroads, making the city an important crossroads and the site of the first triple railroad crossing.

Nearby attractions include national battlefields, historic river plantations, the James River parks and the Kings Dominion amusement park.

This station has a waiting room and is staffed by Amtrak employees; Richmond is served by more than a dozen daily trains. Northeast Regional service within Virginia is funded in part through grants made available by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Image courtesy of Tom Saunders/VDOT

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM available
  • Payphones
  • Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Ticket sales office
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel allowed
  • Vending Machines
  • Amtrak Connect WiFi available

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • Checked baggage storage available
  • Bike boxes for sale
  • Baggage carts available
  • Ski bags for sale
  • Bag storage available
  • Shipping Boxes for sale
  • Baggage assistance provided by Red Cap / Baggage personnel /ticket office staff

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available with a fee
  • Overnight parking is available with a fee

Accessibility

  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Accessible same-day parking is available with a fee
  • Accessible overnight parking is available with a fee
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available

Hours

Station Hours
Mon05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tue05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wed05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thu05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sun05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Ticket Office Hours
Mon05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tue05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wed05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thu05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sun05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Passenger Assistance Hours
Mon05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tue05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wed05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thu05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat05:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sun05:30 am - 10:30 pm