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RICHMOND




 

RICHMOND TRANSPORTATION

 

AIR


Richmond International Airport (RIC) is a midesize airport that hosts 200 daily flights. It features daily non-stop flights to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Poston, Detroit, Chicaho, Toronto and Minneapolis.

 

Car Rentals: a the airport are provided by Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Greater Richmond Transit Company (804-358-4782) offers public buses to the Richmond Terminal and to downtown and greater Richmond locations. Limousines: Groome Transportation (804-222-7222) limo sedans are available curbside of the Baggage Claim area. Two more providers are CMC Limousine (804-360-2122) and Gill's Limousine (804-714-0458).

TRAINS

 

Richmond is served by two Amtrak train stations. The renovated, neo-classical Union Station located at 1500 East Main Street downtown and the other station at 7519 Staples Mill Road in the northern suburbs. Richmond receives service on these Amtrak routes:

Northeast Regional: Boston-New Haven-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Richmond-Newport News

Carolinian/Piedmont: Charlotte-Greensboro-Durham-Raleigh-Richmond-DC-Baltimore-Philadelphia-NYC
Silver Service/Palmetto: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Richmond-Raleigh-Charleston-Savannah-Jacksonville-Orlando-Miami

 

Richmond Union Station

 

Amtrak Northeast Regional runs 12 trains in each direction, daily. Amtrak Carolinian/Piedmont and Palmetto/Silver Service run 4 trains in each direction, daily.  But in two Amtrak "Duh" moments, Carolinian/Piedmont and Palmetto/Silver Service service stop at Staples Mill, not downtown Richmond.

Charlotte-Greensboro-Raleigh-Richmond-Washington is a U.S. High Speed Rail Corridor designated for
upgrade to 110 mph Amtrak service. Tracks are being incrementally upgraded from Washington to Richmond, then southward and to Norfolk between 2016-2022.

 


Richmond Freeway Network is generally well maintained, but freeway signage into Downtown is poor. Consult your map closely before driving here. In Virginia, radar detectors are illegal and must be removed from the dashboard. I-295 and I-64 freeways are often crowded on weekends and holidays to/from Virginia Beach. When traffic is flowing, Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia Beach and 105-minutes from Washington. Freeway names are:

  64    Interstate Freeway from Richmond to Norfolk
  76    Powhite Parkway (toll) Downtown to west of Richmond
  95    Interstate Freeway traversing the eastern Seaboard
150    Chippenham Parkway connects I-64 to S-76 to I-95
195    Spur freeway and tollway from I-64 to I-95
288    State freeway between S-76 and I-95 in south Richmond
295    Interstate freeway from I-95 above Richmond to Petersburg

 

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