ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Amtrak service has returned to Roanoke after a nearly 40-year hiatus.

Passenger service to and from the city is scheduled to resume Tuesday for the first time since 1979. A Northeast regional train will travel from Roanoke to Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Public officials celebrated Amtrak's return with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tour of the newly built boarding platform Monday.