The number of passengers using intercity passenger rail service in Hampton Roads has increased in recent years. Over 175,000 passengers used Amtrak service at the stations in Newport News and Williamsburg in 2011. This is an increase of 7% from the passenger levels seen in 2010 and a 35% increase from the levels seen in the middle of the 2000s. Statewide, over 1.3 million passengers used Amtrak service in 2011, an increase of 16% over 2010 levels.
These passenger levels in Hampton Roads are expected to increase further with the addition of new passenger rail service between Norfolk and Richmond. This service is expected to begin in 2013, and construction has already started on the platform to the east of Harbor Park.