The Town of Bluefield operates Graham Transit. Graham Transit runs three deviated fixed routes throughout the area each day. Funding for the system is through Federal and State Mass Transit Grant programs, and is subsidized by the Town. The system interconnects with Bluefield, WV Transit allowing riders to travel to most any destination in the area. The fare for Graham Transit is twenty-five cents. Cimarron Coach of Virginia also offers transportation services to all area residents, for a small fee, along with the Bluefield Transit Authority, Four County Transit, Greyhound and several other charter services.
Currently there is a Walkway/Nature Trail located in Graham Recreation Park. The trail is ¾ of a mile loop which was extended as an Eagle Scout Project in 2007. Future plans are for a hiking/biking trail to be located through the town for citizens to enjoy.
As the Town moves forward, attention needs to be paid to the existing sidewalk infrastructure and work on adding additional sidewalks in neighborhoods to make them more pedestrian friendly. Some areas of interest should include South College, Valley Dale, Pinehill Park, Parkview, and Double Gates. New sidewalks have been added to Mountain Lane and College Ave.
Parking in downtown areas is a problem for many municipalities. This is particularly the case in Bluefield, Virginia where there is a variety of uses. Retail stores that depend on foot traffic compete for parking space with businesses that only require parking for their employees, and apartment tenants who want to park as close to their door as possible. The shortage of spaces combined with the mixture of uses makes this a continuously volatile issue. These areas were built in an era when the automobile did not dominate the transportation scene, however public transportation is becoming better utilized in the Town.
The removal of several buildings downtown has resulted in more spaces available for parking in the downtown area. The Town along with area businesses are utilizing these areas for parking. The former Rasi’s Supermarket was demolished as part of a FEMA project. Once this was completed, the creek channel has been widened, with the remainder of the property to be used as parking for all the downtown businesses. Even with this added parking there is still a need for additional parking.
Bluefield is adjacent to the main Norfolk Southern line that connects the ports at Hampton Roads to the rest of the nation. As a result, it is possible to ship goods and materials via rail to most anywhere in the world with little difficulty. Another form of rail transportation that can be utilized is the Amtrak Rail Service, which is offered within 40 miles of Bluefield, in Hinton ,West Virginia.
Tazewell County Airport is located near Richlands, Virginia and the Mercer County Airport is located 15 minutes away in Mercer County, West Virginia. Larger airports are located in Roanoke, VA, Tri-Cities, TN, and Charleston, WV. Each of these airports is within an hour and forty-five minute drive. International flight connections can be made through Charlotte, NC which is 2.5 hours away.[/lsvr_content_box][/vc_column][/vc_row]