In 2017, AMTRAK will begin passenger rail service to Roanoke, with daily trains to Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC. The New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization is partnering with the New River Valley Regional Commission to identify potential passenger rail stops, as well as information about the types of travelers who would use passenger rail service in the region.
The project officially kicked off on February 12, 2015. Over the next several months, potential locations will be thoroughly evaluated to verify consistency with local planning, potential commercial and/or residential displacement, proximity to activity centers, accessibility to transportation systems and utility infrastructure, site capacity and flexibility, potential ridership and performance, economic impacts, and more.
As part of these efforts, the Commission is also gathering information about the travel habits of regional residents, visitors and university students, and has developed a survey to collect information from these groups. Originally launched on April 14th, the survey received nearly 3,000 responses in a single week. The survey results will help our regional partners to understand potential passenger rail use, and ensure that a new station would offer the services that travelers want the most.
To stay up to date on the latest project news, visit: www.nrvpassengerrail.org/. The project website provides links to the most recent project materials and serves as a portal for public engagement.