The Western Virginia Intermodal Study was developed over the course of 2013 through 2015. Virginia’s Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) provided funding for the study and AECOM produced the final report.
- A four page “Summary Guide” to the report can be found (note the “Summary Guide” was produced by RVTPO Staff not AECOM). Western Virginia Intermodal Study Summary Guide – single page format – Staff Produced
- The full study produced by AECOM (note the full study is over 150 pages). Western Virginia Intermodal Study – Final_RoanokeReport_LessAppendices – Final Report 06-25-2015
In 2019, Roanoke County requested a study of truck diversion from Interstate 81 to rail. The report summarized extensive studies of this topic and updated the impacts using recent truck volume data.
- Abstract: The growth of Interstate 81 truck traffic has intensified interest in diverting freight to rail. Interstate 81 truck traffic increased by 10% from 3.4 million trucks in 2008 to 3.7 million in 2018 and may reach 7.1 million in 2035. Up to 37.7% of Interstate 81 truck traffic could be diverted to Norfolk Southern Railway’s Shenandoah and Piedmont lines by targeting long-haul or short-haul trips, through-trips, and intermodal transfers. These diversions could generate 350,067 to 700,134 rail cars and could save almost $25 million per year in pavement maintenance.