CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Information gathered during a series of public meetings around West Virginia will help the state develop a plan for freight and passenger rail service for the next 20 to 30 years, said Cindy Hunt, executive director of the State Rail Authority.
The authority held the last of eight public meetings on Saturday in Charles Town.
The Charles Town discussion focused on potential tourist rail projects after Jefferson County Commissioner Lyn Widmyer questioned why the state's draft plan did not include any such project for her county.
"This is why we're here - we want to know what projects should be added to the plan," Hunt said. "These projects are the only ones we were aware of. Three or four projects have been added on the road."
Hunt agreed with comments that existing rail infrastructure in Jefferson County could be used for tourism projects.
"You've got the trains -- we just have to convince CSX to let us run trains on the weekends," she said.
While passenger service was discussed at the Charles Town meeting, freight service was the focus at a meeting held last Wednesday in Weirton.