The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Virginia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that phase one of a project to drastically expand the station’s parking lot has been completed at Amtrak’s Richmond Staples Mill Road Station. The project adds 115 new parking spaces for Amtrak passengers and a new rear entrance off Bremner Boulevard.
The new addition means a total of 403 spaces are now available for Amtrak passengers boarding trains at Staples Mill. The project, which broke ground in August 2017, now embarks on phase two. Officials say passengers should continue to allow for extra travel time and consider using a ride-share service or take advantage of alternate parking at the Henrico County Park and Ride, located at the intersection of Cloverdale Avenue and Crocket Street.
During phase two, bike racks, taxi/ride-share parking, and ADA parking spaces will be developed in addition to more standard parking spaces. Once the project is complete, a third phase will involve connecting the new properties to the existing parking lot and resurfacing the entire existing lot, during which the Staples Mill Road entrance will be closed and customers can utilize the new Bremner Boulevard entrance.
Following completion, the parking lot will have 587 parking spaces as well as a dedicated bus loading zone.
The project, funded by DRPT, with construction oversight from VDOT, is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.