By MELINDA WILLIAMS
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.”