Passenger rail service coming to Roanoke by 2018

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If I may voice my opinion, I'd rather it be a railroad-operated passenger train. Amtrak is a disgrace. Maybe this would provide a reason to consider getting 611 out of the museum,like my group, the Friends of the 611, are trying to do.
Friends of the 611

Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:52:18 -0500
Subject: Passenger rail service coming to Roanoke by 2018
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Mayor Bowers: Passenger rail service coming to Roanoke by 2018
Roanoke’s long-wished-for access to passenger rail is on the way, according to Roanoke Mayor David Bowers. But don't pack your bags just yet.

“You’ll be waiting at the station until 2018,” Bowers added during a meeting this morning where the Roanoke City Council laid out its legislative agenda to the local General Assembly delegation.

Bowers said he was told by staff from the Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation at a recent conference in Williamsburg that Roanoke is next on the list to get passenger rail service via Amtrak, now that service between Norfolk and Richmond is about to begin.

But the timeline was a disappointment because it's actually three or four years farther out than past estimates. And there’s still no promise of a way to pay for it, the mayor said.


See full Roanoke Times article at following:

No Amtrak for 2014 Roanoke convention but maybe the 2019 convention?

- Roger Link

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