Efforts to assess the need for a passenger rail stop in Bedford are rolling forward.

On June 19, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) Six-Year Improvement Program, which contains $300,000 for a new study and $325,000 per year for two years of connector bus service between Bedford and Lynchburg.

The Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Initiative (BFRRI), a collaboration of local offi cials and citizens, has advocated for the establishment of a rail stop in Bedford. Supporters claim the stop would be an economic and tourist boost to the region.

During a presentation last year, BFRRI spokesman Brian McCrodden said DRPT would make no new decision on a Bedford stop until there has been two years of ridership data collected from an Amtrak station that opened in Roanoke in October 2017.

-For more information, see the June 26 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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