Roanoke looks at new transit plan

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Public transportation could soon be changing for the Roanoke Valley.

The Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission is working on a plan to expand transit services in the coming years.

Goals include providing Sunday service, as well as late night hours.

Residents have also asked for expanded routes to places like Carilion clinics,Tanglewood and Valley View malls and the DMV.

The commission hopes to have a draft plan out by next month.

Several Roanoke city council members said they are in favor of expanded service, but the surrounding jurisdictions should contribute money.

Roanoke Vice-Mayor David Trinkle said, "We need more transit. We need more routes. We need longer hours. We need Sunday service. These are a lot of things that we all hear about and we all want, but there is a cost associated with that."

The commission has not yet established how much the plan will cost, or who will pay for it.

A final transit plan is due out in June.