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Charlottesville Train Station Proposes Plans to Expand to Board

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Concept drawing for Amtrak station expansion Concept drawing for Amtrak station expansion
Concept drawing for Amtrak station expansion Concept drawing for Amtrak station expansion
Charlottesville's Amtrak station Charlottesville's Amtrak station
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The private owner of Charlottesville's Amtrak Station is proposing an expansion that could lead to additional train service to the city.

The owner has submitted design plans for the expansion to the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review. The plans show a two-story addition on the rail-side of the station. The expansion would create a baggage claim area, and more than double space for the station’s waiting room.

Last year, the station served five-times the number of passengers than when it moved into the current space.

“It's really necessary. It's no longer adequate to serve the needs of the passengers. They pack in here like sardines. When that train is coming, the passengers are packed tight, they have their luggage, there's not enough space,” said Meredith Richards with CvilleRail and the Piedmont Rail Coalition.

Rail advocates said the small station size has been a hold-up in plans to add another northeast regional train to Charlottesville.

The Board of Architectural Review will begin discussing the expansion at its meeting on Tuesday, September 19.