Each month, HRTPO staff highlights a project that is currently being implemented within the Hampton Roads region. This month, staff is highlighting the Amtrak Multimodal Station project in the City of Newport News. The new 8,066 square foot multimodal station, located on Bland Boulevard near the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, is replacing the current Amtrak station on Warwick Boulevard about nine miles south of the new station. It will also be utilized as the hub for Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) buses, taxis, and airport shuttles servicing the airport.
The station will include a passenger waiting area with passenger information displays, along with an ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant level boarding platform, modern amenities, and increased parking. A separate 4,050 square foot maintenance building, located onsite, will be able to service two trains at a time. The project also includes 10,000 linear feet of new rail, providing Amtrak with its own line to the station, rather than sharing rail lines with CSX Transportation, a Class I Freight Railroad.
The new transportation center is a partnership between the City of Newport News, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Once complete, the new center will serve as a gateway to the Hampton Roads region connecting the residents, visitors, and military personnel with enhanced rail and public transportation options to move around the region.
The cost estimate for the project is approximately $50 million. Construction began in July 2020 with the facility scheduled to open for passengers in September 2023.
Sources: City of Newport News and HRTPO staff.
This project includes three separate phases and the links below provide information on each phase.
To view other projects in the region, visit the Hampton Roads Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) webpage at https://www.hrtpotip.org/.