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Passenger rail sites narrowed to two Christiansburg locations

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CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - The New River Valley is one step closer to getting passenger rail service.

After about a year-long study, leaders narrowed possible rail sites from 20 locations down to two locations in Christiansburg.

Both are along the Rt. 460 business corridor near the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

A survey revealed there would be at least 40,000 riders a year from the New River Valley.

The next step is to get funding from the state and federal governments, as well as Norfolk Southern, to study whether the freight line could support a passenger service.

"I think we're making as much positive progress as we possibly could. We have a lot of momentum with public support for this and leadership in the region that's supporting this," said Kevin Byrd of the New River Valley Planning District Commission. "The folks in Richmond that make some of these decisions are informed of the progress that we've made, so all those are pointing in the right direction."

This next study will cost around $350,000.