State, local leaders all aboard plan to build an Amtrak station in the New River Valley

General Assembly passes bill to create passenger rail authority, heads to Gov. Northam’s desk

The New River Valley is a step closer to an Amtrak station
The New River Valley is a step closer to an Amtrak station

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Next stop: Christiansburg.

The Virginia General Assembly is all aboard a plan to build a new Amtrak station in the New River Valley.

On Monday, a bill to establish the NRV Passenger Rail Authority passed.

Now, it heads to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk.

The project has been years in the making and members of the local New River Valley Passenger Rail Initiative hope to locate the station on a parcel of land near the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

“We’re just really, really pleased that this community can come together like that,” said Larry Hincker, who’s been leading the initiative locally.

Del. Chris Hurst said it’s an opportunity to attract mid-to-large-sized companies.

“We are ready to bring in more people to this area but they have to get here somehow. And I think an Amtrak train would be a great way for them to do that,” said Hurst.


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