Blacksburg Town council is expected to pass a resolution tonight supporting rail service to the New River Valley.
Supporters of passenger rail say the NRV has the infrastructure in place and this type of transportation would offer a valuable alternative to cars, save energy and cut down on traffic on 81.
Council will officially adopt the plan at its 7:30 meeting tonight.
State Delegate Joseph Yost and the Blacksburg Partnership are working together to get the community engaged in the effort. Yost says between travelers looking for an alternative to I 81 and two big universities with thousands of students, the idea just makes sense. "With rail coming to Roanoke potentially by 2015, I think the overall goal is to get it to the New River Valley a couple years after that, maybe by 2020 at the latest," Yost said.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is currently taking public input on a statewide plan that outlines its rail priorities and goals through 2040. Comments are due August 31st.
Christmas lights are everywhere this time of year but most of them don't look or sound like this. The Lights on Longhorn display in Roanoke.