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VPRA launches New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Feasibility Study, US [free access]

December 28, 2021

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) has launched the New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Feasibility Study, which examines potential passenger rail station locations in and around the New River Valley. The feasibility study will examine and screen potential station locations to inform a Federal Railroad Administration National Environmental Policy Act Class of Action determination.

 

In May 2021, the Commonwealth reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern to extend passenger rail service along the former Virginian Line from Roanoke to the New River Valley.

 

In autumn 2021, VPRA began a feasibility study to examine five potential station locations in and around the New River Valley. The station locations are along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad corridors that are currently operated for freight trains only.

 

The New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Feasibility Study takes into account the previous work conducted for the New River Valley Passenger Rail Station locations in the region, while examining what station location opportunities are possible.