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Could passenger trains stop in Louisa again?

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

For Louisa to see passenger rail service again, the concept must be added to the state rail plan.

Once upon a time, people took the train out of Louisa and Mineral regularly, on their way to Gordonsville, Charlottesville, Richmond or points farther away.

Some people think the era of rail travel could return to the county.

With Virginia due to revise its rail plan, a document required for states that want to receive federal dollars to spend on train infrastructure, a Charlottesville-based group has proposed adding Amtrak service between that city and Richmond, as well as more distant cities like Hampton and Bristol.

It wouldn’t happen in the next decade, Will Cockrell, a planner who supports the concept, said. But if it is to ever happen, the idea has to be in the state rail plan.

“We don’t have a lot of east-west Amtrak service,” Cockrell, who works for Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC), said of travel options in Virginia. “A statewide rail connection would allow you to go to destinations across the corridor and also make north-south connections.”

The current state rail plan includes a proposed passenger rail route between Richmond and Lynchburg, but that route would bypass Charlottesville.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 9 edition of The Central Virginian.