Christiansburg officials work for new Amtrak service

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Officials are hoping to extend Amtrak service in Southwest Virginia.
The Roanoke Times reports that the city of Christiansburg has an agreement to buy land for a potential new train station.
Officials are hoping to win approval for extended Amtrak service to Christiansburg from Roanoke.
Last year, Amtrak service returned to Roanoke after a nearly 40-year hiatus. A Northeast regional train now travels from Roanoke to Washington, D.C., and beyond.
A $350,000 study backed by the state is currently underway to examine what improvements are needed to get expanded passenger rail service to the state’s far southwest, including Bristol.