Through the DC2RVA alternatives development process and related community meetings, DRPT recognized the unique nature of the Town of Ashland and Hanover County area, and that many of the alternatives for greater rail capacity in this area generated community concerns. As a result, DRPT recommended to the FRA a community-based effort to supplement DC2RVA public involvement activities and help inform DRPT's recommendation for a Preferred Alternative that provides the required rail capacity through the Ashland/Hanover area. As part of the community-based effort, DRPT proposes that the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will take a more intensive look at all previous options. The CAC could also identify potential new options to meet the purpose and need of the DC2RVA project, while minimizing or avoiding any potential impacts of those options.
The CAC meetings will be open to the public and all information presented will be posted to the website. DRPT encourages the public to provide written comments either at the CAC meeting or via the website. In addition to the CAC meetings, once the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is published, DRPT will hold public hearings with an opportunity for all interested parties to provide comments.
CAC members, in alphabetical order, include: the Town of Ashland, CSX, Hanover County, Randolph-Macon College, and the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The meetings are being convened by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
More information regarding Ashland alternatives can be found in the following links:
- DRPT Recommendations
- Frequently Asked Questions
- DC2RVA Project Handout - Ashland Alternatives
- May 2016 Revised Bypass Overview Map
- Bypass Options Map (shows all bypasses considered, including eliminated options)
- Through Town Alternative Mapbook
- May 2016 Revised Bypass Alternative Mapbook
Commonwealth Transportation Board Tour of Ashland and Hanover County
- DC2RVA Tour Presentation
- Comments Received
- Comment Responses
- Meeting Summary
- DC2RVA tour of Ashland and Hanover County
Hanover County Public Meeting Materials
Hanover County hosted a public meeting on April 4, 2016, and invited DRPT to present on the DC2RVA project. The materials presented are available below for review.