Bedford moving forward with Amtrak stop

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BEDFORD (WSLS 10) - The town of Bedford is moving forward with plans to build an Amtrak stop even though the commonwealth hasn't approved the project.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation leaders say having a train stop is unnecessary; however, the town submitted an extensive survey to the state and is hoping to change the state's mind.

The new study by an engineering firm called Wendel took a harder, more in-depth look at potential for success in Bedford.

"It's a real validation of what we said," said town manager Charles Kolakowski. "It makes the numbers show there is a reasonable proposal and not just a whim."

The town manager is moving ahead with plans to pay for the project.

'We're looking at possibilities to finance the work we have to do locally and the support we can get," explained Kolakowski.

The study showed an annual $3.4 million boost.

Susan Martin with the Bedford area Chamber of Commerce said not only would a stop attract businesses, but help existing ones.

"Some of our existing business members have been very excited for this alternative in helping them to get to other areas like Washington D.C., New York," said Martin.

The Department of Rail and Public Transportation is going through the study and making its analysis. The town manager expects that to take several more months.