RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Passenger use of Amtrak trains in Virginia continues to grow.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that ridership on state-supported intercity has nearly doubled since 2009.
The governor's office says stations in suburban Richmond, Alexandria, Charlottesville, and Newport News are the busiest in Virginia.
Dedicated funding for Amtrak Virginia trains was included in McDonnell's 2013 transportation package to continue support for existing services and expanding passenger rail options.
McDonnell says Amtrak provides important transportation services and advances Virginia's economy.
The train initiated in October 2009 serves Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Burke Centre, and Alexandria. The train initiated in July 2012 serves Richmond-Staples Mill, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Quantico, Woodbridge and Alexandria. And the train launched in December 2012 connects passengers from Norfolk to destinations north of the city.