Amtrak offers $10 train tickets, New River Valley proposes new station

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During October 1 to October 10, passengers are able to enjoy a one-way train ticket to or from Virginia for just $10.

The discounted fare celebrates 10 years of partnership between Amtrak and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The deal extends to 18 stations within the northeast, including Union Station in Washington, D.C.

With only a handful of train stations currently in Virginia, the closest one to the New River Valley is in Roanoke. Virginia Tech offers a $4 bus ride to the station from campus, 45 minutes away.

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Christiansburg plans to unveil a new Amtrak station within the next few years, in hopes of making it easier for the community to travel by train.

Speaking on the project, Christiansburg Mayor Mike Barber says, “It looks like it may be in the 2022 period at this point… the location has been selected. The proposed site is in Christiansburg across from our Aquatic Center.”

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Mayor Barber stated this was chosen out of 28 different proposed locations throughout the New River Valley.

A meeting regarding the New River Valley Rail is set to take place on October 3 to discuss additional details.