Study released on Bedford, Virginia Rail stop estimates 26,000 riders

April 18, 2016

By Rachael Smith, The News & Advance

After years of meetings, studies, research and raised hopes, Steve Stevick and members of the Bedford/Franklin Regional Rail Initiative feel their efforts are on the right track.Website Insert Buy American Mandate copy

“We are very encouraged that the consultant findings support what we believed to be the case with regard to the merits of a Bedford station,” said Stevick, chairman of the initiative. “We look forward to continued work with Department of Rail and Public Transportation, along with Norfolk Southern and Amtrak, on the station and track designs.”

A feasibility study and plan for a proposed rail station in the town of Bedford — released by the engineering firm Wendel in March — calls for putting a station behind the Bedford County Courthouse. The study found if there were a Bedford stop between Lynchburg and Roanoke, an additional 26,000 riders would use the station annually.

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