If you were to walk down the middle of State Street in Bristol, you could have one foot in Tennessee and another in Virginia. The state line goes right through the twin towns of Bristol TN/VA. Although they share a hospital, library, and name, the two Bristols are independent cities with separate city councils, zoning ordinances, and school systems. There’s a NASCAR speedway in Bristol TN, while the is situated in Bristol VA.
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“This opens the possibility of service to Johnson City or Knoxville somewhere down the road. That service can’t happen unless the train comes first to Bristol,” Sampson said. “For the work of our study and the work of DRPT’s operational study, it will just be the Roanoke to Bristol, Virginia, component.
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“I look at what passenger rail could do for our downtown. With two hotels, one hopefully opening this year, and the restaurants and entertainment, the infrastructure is there for people to come and make Bristol more of a destination,” Hartley said. “This would also open up all of Southwest Virginia and, with Amtrak coming from Lynchburg to Roanoke, the next logical place would be Bristol.”
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Bristol is an independent city in Virginia, United States, bounded by Washington County, Virginia, Bristol, Tennessee, and Sullivan County, Tennessee.
The 2010 U.S. Census revealed a population of 17,835. As of 2009, the city had a total population of 17,794. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia with Washington County for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of Kingsport–Bristol–Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.
Originally named Goodson, it was renamed to Bristol (after Bristol, England) in 1890.
Strategically situated in the southeastern United States, Bristol Tennessee-Virginia is a twin city located directly on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. Bristol is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, commonly called the Tri-Cities.