Bristol leaders discuss future of passenger rail coming to region

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A joint meeting to further discuss passenger rail coming to the twin cities of Bristol was held Thursday.  

The meeting between Tennessee and Virginia officials was to further discuss the recently completed feasibility study on passenger rail coming to both cities.  

The study predicts an economic return of 4.5 percent, with improvements to the rail line running about $30 million. The study predicts more 23,000 passengers would originate in Bristol every year.  

City leaders also acknowledge this study’s completion is just the first step in a much longer process.  

Officials said they still need to assess the technical and financial viability of infrastructure and capital investments.  

Study shows rail system would have positive economic impact on Bristol,VA

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