The Washington, D.C. to Richmond segment of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) project is part of a larger nationwide higher speed intercity passenger rail plan identified by USDOT and the states of Virginia and North Carolina.
The purpose of this project is to provide a competitive transportation choice in the corridor by increasing intercity passenger rail capacity and improving travel times. This project will provide multiple benefits to the traveling public and the Commonwealth of Virginia, including:
- Improving the frequency, reliability, and travel time of intercity passenger rail operations in Virginia and beyond, and providing a competitive alternative to highway and air travel.
- Increasing the capacity of the shared freight-passenger rail system between Washington, D.C., and Richmond and beyond.
- Improving modal connectivity with other public transportation systems within the corridor to further expand travel options for passengers within Virginia and beyond.
- Improving freight and passenger rail safety in the corridor by improving highway-rail grade crossings.
- Improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by diverting passenger trips from automobiles and movement of freight by trucks to more environmentally sustainable rail transportation.