Amtrak and the state Department of Rail and Public Transportation say they’re working to accommodate bicycles on trains to Richmond.
They say the goal is to have the service in place in time for the UCI Road World Championships, being held in September in Richmond.
Back in October 2013, City Council passed a resolution asking Amtrak to make the change. Currently, to bring a bike on a train in Virginia, a passenger must disassemble it and place it in a box.
The bike racing championship is expected to draw 450,000 spectators, and the city figures that some of them would like to take trains to Richmond and bring their bikes — without the inconvenience of disassembling them.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Rail and Public Transportation says an announcement will be made when reservations for bicycle space may be made. Fees haven’t been specified. The bikes would be stored in baggage cars.
Councilman Parker Agelasto, who wrote the council resolution with Jon Baliles and Charles Samuels, says there’s still a question about whether Amtrak will be able to offer the service at Main Street Station because, unlike Staples Mill, the downtown station isn’t staffed for baggage-car service.
But the state and Amtrak seem to be working in earnest to come up with a solution, he says: “Everyone sees it as a plus.”