Some solutions for local rail service

The purpose of this letter is to offer some facts and suggestions regarding Amtrak Williamsburg rail service, the subject of some recent dissatisfaction.

» Long distance travel preferences: Nearly 85% of Williamsburg passengers travel up 399 miles. About 9% travel less than 100 miles. The four most popular destinations are Washington, Alexandria, Philadelphia and New York City.

» Declining ridership: Since 2013, Williamsburg ridership has fallen nearly 9% and total ridership on the Newport News Line is also down 9.4%. Total number of Williamsburg passengers in 2013 was 61,304 and 56,134 in 2018, a decline of 8.7%. Newport News Line ridership:...