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WV State Rail Plan Holds Public Forum

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The State Rail Authority held an open house for the public Thursday evening at the Morgantown Municipal Airport.

Executive Director Cindy Butler said it is in the process of developing a state plan and wants the public's opinion.

It is looking into other commodities in case the coal industry goes down, since that is 90 percent of the use of trains in West Virginia. One idea was to shift the emphasis from freight to passenger trains.

"The passenger side, we have a commuter rail on the Eastern panhandle. We have two Amtrak long distance services one in the Eastern part of the state and one in the southern part of the state," said Butler. "One thing that has been talked about during these outreach is every day for the one in the southern part because right now there's only three day service. They feel that if we can get everyday, what does it take. Working with Amtrak working with CSX, these are all projects and ideas that are part of it."

You can add your own two-cents' worth by visiting the West Virginia State Rail Plan website. Click here to let the organization know what you think should be included.

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