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Bedford County Board of Supervisors vote for resolution in proposed Amtrak stop

Bedford County Board of Supervisors vote for resolution in proposed Amtrak stop

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BEDFORD - The train tracks that run through the town of Bedford are mostly used to carry cargo but for decades before it took passengers to their destinations. Annie Pollard who is on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors took the train with her family growing up.

"To Lynchburg and to Norfolk and we took it for vacation to go to Norfolk," says Pollard.

She says it was a convenience and it's why she brought up bringing it back.

The town is asking to get consideration for a passenger rail stop. Throughout the years there were several around along the tracks and the last one is where the Olde Liberty Station Restaurant now is.

The train stopped service to Bedford in the early 1970's. But with service scheduled to start in the next few years from Lynchburg to Roanoke the county has drafted a proposed resolution, a written consideration for a new stop, which the board will vote on. If the board votes in favor of it then they'll go to the Department of Rails and Public Transportation.

This is still in the early stages with no talks of where the stop will be or how much it'll cost but town leaders are already thinking about the benefits this possible stop could bring.

"I think it could definitely be a positive economic impact it would be very helpful for businesses to be able to get up and down the east coast," says Charles Kowlakowski, town manager.

Kowlakowski says his main focus right now is on keeping the businesses they have and a stop could help them stay here. County leaders say with the area seeing some growth like Smith Mountain Lake it could actually help all throughout the region.





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