Newport News Transportation Center
Ground will soon be broken for the Newport News Transportation Center, a state-of-the-art multimodal facility that will significantly upgrade the rail passenger experience into and out of Newport News. The facility will be funded almost entirely by grants from the federal government and the Commonwealth, and built on land contributed by the City. Located in the heart of midtown Newport News at 500 Bland Boulevard, this facility will feature an 8,000-square-foot building for ticketing, seating and offices. With a sleek, modern design highlighted by a glass façade, the platform, building and parking facilities will be built to handle up to four train sets into and out of the city per day. Upon its scheduled opening in 2018, plans call for connectivity to the Newport News-Williamsburg Regional Airport, as well as HRT regional bus transit and intercity bus service. The station is capable of supporting the future development of bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail and/or intercity commuter rail service. The site, because of its location in a commercially vibrant area and its connection to transportation, is well positioned to host future mixed-use development. A major operational enhancement for AMTRAK included in this project is a new service facility for AMTRAK trainsets that will be closely connected via the CSX corridor.