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.