Virginia to explore passenger service to the New River Valley

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board has allocated $350,000 to an operational analysis study, to be conducted by Norfolk Southern to assess the feasibility of bringing passenger rail service to the New River Valley.

NRV 2020, a group of politicians and business leaders in the region, worked for months identifying possible locations for a proposed 1,000-foot-long station alongside existing freight line service that would also accommodate 200 parking spaces. The Town of Christiansburg purchased an acre-sized property for $150,000 earlier this year when it was decided to be the best area for an Amtrak station.

With Amtrak service to begin operations in nearby Roanoke on Oct. 31, members of NRV 2020 are hopeful passenger rail service will soon be extended to Christiansburg and Radford, Va., offering new transportation options to and from the region for business leaders, students, university sporting events, and educational conference attendees.

It is yet to be determined if Amtrak will require a separate feasibility study with accompanying station and platform design proposals.
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