What are some features of the Amtrak Station in Lorton, Virginia?


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Features of the Amtrak station in Lorton, Virginia, include a vehicle loading area, terminal seating, a small gift shop, a snack bar with tables and a children's play area. The architecturally post-modern terminal, which opened in 2000, features glass walls and palm styled exterior pillars. The terminal seats up to 450 people and is the northern terminus of the Amtrak Auto Train line; other station services include an ATM, restrooms, a ticket counter and wireless Internet access.

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The gift shop in the terminal sells food, beverages and sundries, as well as Amtrak and Auto Train themed souvenirs, such as T-shirts and postcards. Station parking is limited to 20 short term parking spots. There is no overnight parking. The station is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The station was designed by Washington D.C. architect Hanny Hassan and features artwork by various artists, including a large abstract sculpture by Patrick Sheridan suspended above the lobby. Lamp stands that mimic the palm-styled exterior pillars provide lighting to the interior seating area.

The vehicle loading area loads and unloads passenger vehicles onto and from two-level auto transport cars pulled behind the passenger cars on the Auto Train, which runs twice daily between Lorton and Sanford, Florida. It is the only Amtrak vehicle transport line in the country.

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