NORFOLK-Norfolk is celebrating its new Amtrak station.
The official ribbon cutting of the Harbor Park station was at 2 p.m.
Speaking at the event was Mayor Paul Fraim and Va. Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake.
Amtrak began service from downtown Norfolk on December 12, 2012, marking the first time there had been intercity passenger rail service since 1977. The line connects Norfolk with Richmond, Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York and beyond.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Norfolk service had "exceeded expectations" and has touted the success of Amtrak Virginia, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Amtrak designed to provide more rail travel choices in Virginia.
Business reported that the route out of Norfolk was used by more than 70,000 passengers over the first six months of service.