Richmond Staples Mill Road (Amtrak station)

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This article is about train station in suburban Richmond, Virginia. For train station in downtown Richmond, see Main Street Station (Richmond).
Richmond Staples Mill Road Station
Richmond Staples Mill Road Station Building.JPG
Staples Mill Road Station from the parking lot
Location 7519 Staples Mill Road US 33.svg
Richmond, VA 23228
Coordinates 37°37′04″N 77°29′49″W / 37.6178°N 77.4969°W / 37.6178; -77.4969Coordinates: 37°37′04″N 77°29′49″W / 37.6178°N 77.4969°W / 37.6178; -77.4969
Owned by Amtrak
Line(s)
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 5
Connections
Intercity Bus Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Shuttle Bus GRTC: 18, 26X, 27X
Construction
Parking Yes; paid
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code RVR
History
Opened 1975
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 372,592[1]Increase 7.8%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Charlotte
Carolinian
toward Savannah
Palmetto
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Silver Star
toward Newport News
Northeast Regional
toward Norfolk
  Future service  
Preceding station   GRTC BRT   Following station
Terminus
Broad & Main Street Line

The Richmond Staples Mill Road Amtrak station lies about 5 miles (8 km) north of downtown Richmond, Virginia, located in Henrico County. The station designed by David Volkert and Associates, and was built in 1975 as a replacement for Main Street Station, which had sustained damage from floods.[2] The station has an indoor waiting room with restrooms, a snack bar, and a teller window.

Nearby modes of transportation[edit]

There are pedestrian sidewalks along Staples Mill Road, but the area surrounding the train station is a suburban sprawl area built in the 1970s. A designated line-up area for taxicabs is onsite next to the train station parking lot. GRTC bus service is available (via the #18 Henrico Shuttle map and the #27 Glenside Express map. There are a few rental car agencies within a mile of the station. The parking lot is only accessible from a single driveway with a guard booth in the middle, and requires a ticket to enter. Parking at the station is less than $10/day.

Train service[edit]

The station is served by two services that continue south to Miami, Florida (Silver Star and Silver Meteor), one service southeast to Newport News, Virginia (Northeast Regional), one service southwest to Charlotte, North Carolina (Carolinian), and one service south to Savannah, Georgia (Palmetto).

Future transportation plans in Richmond[edit]

Henrico County has been pursuing the development of a new multi-mode transportation center, served by both rail and bus lines; under this proposal, Staples Mill Road Station would be the site of the new station and would receive significant improvements to the building.[2]In addition it is proposed to be converted into one of Richmond area's bus station site of the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit route.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, Commonwealth of Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "RICHMOND - STAPLES MILL ROAD STATION, VA (RVR)". Great American Stations (Amtrak). Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ GRTC BRT Study Map

External links[edit]

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