Studies & Reports
2021 Bristol Extension Capital & Operating Cost Analysis
Virginia currently contracts with Amtrak to operate passenger rail service between Roanoke and Washington, D.C., along Norfolk Southern Railway’s (NSR) mainline and N-line. This study forecasts a further expansion southwest to Bristol. The 2021 Bristol Cost Analysis forecasts the capital cost in 2030 dollars, the ridership and revenue potential, and the operating and maintenance costs of a potential extension of the Washington-Roanoke Amtrak route (Route 46) between the New River Valley and Bristol, Virginia.
DRPT reviewed eight previous studies developed between 1996 and 2019 to understand methodology for ridership and cost estimates. The current study is an independent estimate built upon earlier work with updated service assumptions, cost information, and methodology considerations.