Charlottesville Union Station


Charlottesville Union Station
Charlottesville
Charlottesville VA Amtrak.jpg
Station statistics
Address 810 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA
Coordinates 38°1′53″N 78°29′31.6″W / 38.03139°N 78.492111°W / 38.03139; -78.492111Coordinates: 38°1′53″N 78°29′31.6″W / 38.03139°N 78.492111°W / 38.03139; -78.492111
Lines
  Cardinal
Platforms 2
Tracks 6
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened 1885
Rebuilt 1915, Mid-1990s
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Code CVS
Owned by Union Station Partners LLC
Traffic
Passengers (FY2010) 91,707[1] increase 75% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Cardinal
Lynchburg
Crescent
Lynchburg
Terminus
Northeast Regional
toward Boston South Station or Springfield

The Charlottesville Union Station, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the county seat Albemarle County, is served by Amtrak's Cardinal, Crescent, and daily Northeast Regional passenger trains. The station is within walking distance of the University of Virginia, which is the major employer in the area.

The original Union Station was built in 1885 to jointly serve the Charlottesville and Rapidan Railroad, the Virginia Midland Railway, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Major renovations in 1915 included the construction of a baggage handling facility.

Since 1999, the former baggage handling facility is home to the Amtrak ticket office and waiting area. The main facility has been privately developed into a commercial restaurant. Plans coincident with the redevelopment to create a transportation hub at Union Station were not realized. Instead in 2007 Charlottesville completed the Downtown Transit Center one mile across town.[2]

However, the station does serve as a intermodal transportation nexus, with connecting motorcoach service on site, a 200+ space parking lot, and access to a full-service Greyhound Lines bus station down the street. Such services allow Charlottesville travelers to reach various airports in the region.[3] The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops just north of the station, and connects Downtown and the University of Virginia.

Out of the 19 Virginia stations, Charlottesville is the fifth busiest in the state according to the FY2010 ridership.

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