VPRA completed a feasibility study in Summer 2022 to examine five potential locations in and around the New River Valley. Two locations from the Study were identified as the least impactful and were located in the Uptown Christiansburg mall location. In addition to the two sites identified at the Uptown Christiansburg mall, an additional site within the vicinity of the two sites will be developed and will be further examined beginning in Fall 2022 through an environmental review and engineering stage of the process.
The next stage of the process will also include an assessment of additional infrastructure needed to support the expanding service to NRV, which includes track construction alternatives from the Virginian Line to the Blacksburg Branch, multimodal connections to the station, and a layover facility for passenger trains.
After the environmental review and preliminary design, a final site alternative will be identified to move forward with engineering and construction. The environmental review and engineering exercise aim to move the least impactful site to construction.
Any federal funding that may be awarded to the NRV Station project will trigger a NEPA study, which will be informed by the work done during the environmental review and design.