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Rail advocates urged to share their visions

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

ROANOKE – Railroad advocates will have a chance to share their visions for passenger and freight rail service in the New River Valley and Roanoke during RAIL Solution’s annual meeting Saturday.

RAIL Solution is an independent nonprofit citizens’ rail advocacy group with membership throughout Virginia and beyond. The meeting runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 212 of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson St. in Roanoke.

The meeting will also include a presentation by Bruce McFarling, an Ohio blogger who supports the “Steel Interstate” concept RAIL Solution promotes. According to Rail Solution, the Steel Interstate concept calls for at least two “grade-separated through tracks,” that would create “the capacity to divert most non-local truck freight to intermodal trains, and would accommodate passenger trains without impairing freight operations.”

 

One Response to Rail advocates urged to share their visions

  1. Bessie85

    November 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Having traveled I81, I have seen traffic increased dramatically over the past five years. That being said, I have also taken time to look at the logos on the big rigs and noticed that a large number of them carry the Volvo logo. I am very thankful for the jobs they have brought to our area. Increasing rail traffic would possibly decrease the congestion on the interstate but at what cost? Yes, there will need to be more railcars built but what community will be the benefactor of these jobs? For every action there is a reaction. If we could be a stop for passenger rail traffic and have a replica Maple Shade Inn with the same quality that it enjoyed in its day, perhaps rail traffic increase would benefit this area. We do need to look to the future and possibly we could become a starting point for those that choose to live here and commute to Roanoke,Bristol or Winston Salem.