Monday, August 15, 2022

Take the train to Richmond, then bike back to Williamsburg

(WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Capital Trail Foundation)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Capital Trail Foundation)

Cyclists who want to ride the length of the Virginia Capital Trail but don’t want to bike back now can use Amtrak for part of their journey under a pilot program in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation that runs through the summer.

Amtrak is now accepting bicycle reservations at its Williamsburg and Richmond Main Street stations for trains 65, 66 and 67. Both stations are near trailheads for the 52-mile-long Virginia Capital Trail, which links Virginia’s modern Capitol in Richmond to the Colonial Capitol in Williamsburg.

One option for trail riders is to leave Williamsburg on the evening train to Richmond, stay the night and then ride back to Williamsburg in the morning, according to a release from the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Bicycle reservation fees are $20 in addition to normal ticketed fares, and space is limited to 12 bicycles in each direction. Customers must reserve in advance by booking online.

Bike reservations may be made only on the following trains:

Daily: Train 66 departs Williamsburg at 5:41 p.m. and arrives at Richmond Main Street Station at 6:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: Train 65 departs Richmond Main Street Station at 9:34 a.m. and arrives in Williamsburg at 10:38 a.m.

Sunday through Thursday: Train 67 departs Richmond Main Street Station at 10:10 a.m. and arrives in Williamsburg at 11:14 a.m.

More than 1.4 million people have used the Virginia Capital Trail since it opened in 2015, according to the department. The trail is a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.

The reservation program will run through October.

Visit Amtrak’s website of call 1-800-USA-RAIL to find out more about bringing a bicycle on an Amtrak train.

Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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