Virginia Tech students design models for potential Christiansburg Amtrak station

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- Virginia Tech architecture and design students recently created conceptual models of a possible future Amtrak station in the New River Valley.

Students were tasked with designing a model that would capture the needs of the train station for the next 25 years.

One student said the station will serve as the new gateway to the New River Valley.

"This is a very crucial piece of architecture for the New River Valley because we have people across the east coast coming in, and so this really becomes the identity of the New River Valley and the front doorstep of the region," said architecture student Alex Boardwine.

Supporters of passenger rail hope the proposed Christiansburg station becomes a reality in the next few years.