Transportation

A safe, efficient and accessible transportation system is critical to the Town of Pulaski. The Town's transportation network includes roadway, sidewalk/pedestrian, parking, public transit, and rail components. The planning process must integrate land use patterns which can have significant impacts on transportation resources.

Roadways

The most common form of transportation  in the Town of Pulaski is the use of private automobiles on a network of roadways maintained by the Town and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). VDOT provides state funding for maintenance and construction of facilities on the thoroughfare highway system within the corporate limits. These roads are classified as collector or arterial roadways and usually serve through traffic more than local traffic. Examples of collector and arterial roads include Route 11, Route 99, Fifth Street, Bob White Boulevard, Memorial Drive, Peppers Ferry Road, and Commerce Street. 

Roads not included in the thoroughfare system are classified as local streets, which provide access to residential areas and businesses. 

Pulaski Roads The Town of Pulaski has 17.04 lane miles of principle arterial roads, 8.38 miles of collector roads, and 93.21 lane miles of local streets. 

In addition, the Town of Pulaski maintains approximately 11.5 miles of alleys and other streets, which do not meet the VDOT standards for pavement or right of way width. 

In fiscal year 2016, the Town is receiving Urban System maintenance payments from VDOT at $19,958 per lane mile of principal and minor arterial roadway and $11,719 per lane mile of collector and local roadway.

The Town provides street lighting along most streets. The Town's general policy is to install streetlights at every intersection and along street right-of-way at intervals of between 200 and 900 feet depending upon sight distance. Requests for additional street lighting are considered on an individual basis. The Town contracts with Appalachian Power to install and maintain streetlights. The Town has approximately 1,300 streetlights within the corporate limits. 

Pulaski Area Transit

Pulaski Area Transit was established in 2005 with a demonstration grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The Town partnered with the New River Valley Agency on Aging/Senior Services, which operates the Pulaski Area Transit (PAT). 

PAT provides service along a deviated fixed route within the Town of Pulaski. PAT also provides demand response service for riders who want to go straight to their destination. In addition to service within the Town, PAT operates a scheduled New River Express route which runs from Pulaski to Dublin (stopping at Wal-Mart, Wades, and New River Community College), and Fairlawn (stopping at Wal-Mart and Kroger) Monday through Friday. As of the spring of 2015, this route also features two trips each day to the New River Mall at Christiansburg, as an extension beyond the Fairlawn stops. 

Pulaski Area TransitApproximately 50% of PAT's funding comes from Federal sources, 20% from the state, and 30% from local entities. Key local funding partners include the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County. To help meet the local funding requirement, PAT staff help raise funds by sponsoring a golf tournament, requesting contributions from local merchants and businesses, and providing special trips for area events. 

PAT provides access to transportation and mobility for those residents who do not have an automobile or are unable to drive. The Town of Pulaski was recognized with an award by the Virginia Municipal League for the establishment of PAT. As of the end of fiscal year 2015, PAT crosses the threshold of having provided over 100,000 trips since beginning operations. 

Rail Service

Norfolk Southern Railway serves the Pulaski area and Pulaski County with a main line connecting the northeastern U.S. and eastern Virginia with points in the southeastern U.S. Pulaski is located along one of Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor mainlines. The rail line between Roanoke and Bristol has overhead clearance that permits double-stack container freight trains. 

Passenger rail service is not available in Pulaski. Amtrak's Cardinal Route passes through West Virginia and Virginia, north of the Pulaski area. Amtrak's Cardinal service has stops in Prince, Hinton and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Cardinal also stops in Clifton Forge, Staunton and Charlottesville, Virginia. Amtrak's Crescent service has stops in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Danville. Amtrak's Northeastern regional service currently extends to Lynchburg. 

Through an agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Amtrak's Northeastern regional passenger service will be extended to Roanoke in 2017. At the time of completion of this plan, the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is studying potential ridership demand in the New River Valley with a goal of extension of passenger rail service to the region by 2020. 

Pulaski Railroad The Town of Pulaski has received an expression of interest in passenger rail service from the City of Bristol, which is interested in connecting future service from Virginia with a proposed service extension from Tennessee. 

Airports

The nearest airport is the New River Valley Airport located near Dublin. The Airport has a 6,200 foot asphalt surfaced runway and offers fuel, instrument landing system capability, freight and limited charter service, and general aviation service. The NRV Airport is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. Another general aviation airport is located at Blacksburg. Commercial passenger service is available at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. The Roanoke airport is located approximately 50 miles from Pulaski and features service by major carriers and commuter airlines. 

Transportation Planning 

Current priorities for improvements include East Main Street from Bob White Boulevard to the I-81 exit 94 interchange, which is in the current Six Year Improvement Program, the East Main Street/Route 99 bridge over Peak Creek, and a pedestrian crossing of Memorial Drive at the Route 11 intersection.

The Pulaski 2020 Transportation Plan was developed by VDOT and adopted by the Town of Pulaski in 2001. Referred to as a Small Urban Area Plan, this planning document identified several potential future improvement projects. 

Virginia's VTrans 2035 long-range multi-modal transportation plan identified I-81/Crescent Corridor as a Corridor of Statewide Significance (CoSS). The CoSS concept is a mechanism for reviewing corridors and identifying potential mulit-modal transportation strategies to guide local land use planning and transportation investments. The I-81/Crescent Corridor is a particularly important freight corridor. 

The New River Valley Regional Commission submits a set of regional transportation comments at the time of the Six Year Improvement Program public hearings. 

The New River Valley Regional Commission developed a regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway plan in 2011 to serve as a flexible framework for developing facilities based on local needs.



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