The New River Valley will have a new way to get from Point A to Point B this spring. Montgomery County, the towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech are teaming up for a bikeshare system that will start with 12 stations and 88 bikes distributed across those stations.
The New River Valley is losing the Megabus service on January 10, 2018! Megabus currently connects Washington DC to Christiansburg to Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. This locally popular service provided two north-bound and two south-bound trips daily. While ridership met expectations for our region, ridership simply wasn’t high enough in Washington or Tennessee.
The Commission is partnering with the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to develop a Regional Freight Plan. In October, the MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee utilized visualizations prepared by the Commission to identify the critical regional freight corridors.
The Ride Smart Challenge (formerly known as the Clean Commute Challenge) wrapped up at the end of May and recorded a big impact in alternative transportation!
Through the Ride Smart Challenge 4,369 trips were logged taking a total of 73,283 miles off the road! By reducing the number of cars on the road, we were able to avoid 58,626 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Commission is working with partners from Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech to share transportation, land use, and infrastructure plans. A series of planning group discussions focused on the Prices Fork Road Corridor, from US Route 460 Bypass to McCoy Road.
The middle of May is known for Damascus Trail Days. While many Appalachian Trail hikers make it a point to be in Damascus, VA for the celebration, many continue their hike weeks and even months afterwards. In fact, approximately 200 hikers traveled into the Town of Pearisburg each week, between May and June of last year.