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Norfolk says they will not start light rail earlier to accommodate Amtrak customers right now

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Oct 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-11 20:41:01-04

NewsChannel 3 is taking action to answer your questions about light rail and the new Amtrak train depot in Norfolk.

Carolanne posted a message on the HRT Facebook page: “Has Norfolk decided if they are willing to pay for the Tide to run early for those of us making Amtrak plans?”

Right now, the short answer is no. Norfolk says they have no intention of starting light rail any earlier.

Now the light rail starts at 6 a.m. in the morning Monday through Saturday.

One of the stops takes you to Harbor Park which is where folks will board the Amtrak train starting in November.

The Amtrak train will be pulling out of Norfolk at 4:50 a.m. during the week.

The city of Norfolk says they are meeting with HRT in the winter to discuss the light rail schedule.

City officials say they want to look at light rail ridership and how many people are riding the Amtrak train.

They say those numbers could make them either change the schedule or try out a pilot program where the Tide starts earlier on certain days.

Related: 

Norfolk Amtrak route to start in December

Amtrak New Routes

The Amtrak Norfolk station will be open for business starting December 12th.