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Passenger rail announcement coming soon, lawmaker speculates

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 7:27 PM EDT
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Supporters of the plan to extend passenger rail to the New River Valley have been waiting for a formal announcement.

They might not have to wait much longer.

The General Assembly has approved funding and negotiations with Norfolk Southern continue.

Thursday, Senator John Edwards (D-21) hinted good news is on the way.

“I don’t want to jump the gun here, but in a couple of weeks we might get an announcement from the governor’s office,” Edwards said during a legislative forum organized by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. “So hold tight, hold tight, and I have an idea it might be a very positive announcement,” he said.

Assuming the project moves forward, the new service won’t begin overnight. Track improvements could take a few years to complete.

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