Welcome to the Washington, D.C. to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail Online Scoping Meeting

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Project Overview Handout

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is coordinating with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to host this online meeting to give you a chance to learn more about the project and help you provide input on the scope.

Please use the   arrows to move through the online meeting, and feel free to use the comment button to share your thoughts and input as you go. Your comments may also be submitted via:

  • Phone: (888-832-0900) with TDD 711
  • Email: info@DC2RVARail.com
  • In writing to: Virginia Dept of Rail and Public Transportation
    Attn: Emily Stock, Manager of Rail Planning
    600 East Main Street, Suite 2102
    Richmond, VA 23219.

You can also join us at one of the Public Scoping Meetings being held in early November.

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Project Overview

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What is Washington, D.C. to Richmond High Speed Rail?

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 offer a viable transportation choice that is competitive with auto and air travel within the SEHSR corridor, between Charlotte, N.C. and Washington, D.C. The Washington, D.C. to Richmond segment will provide the critical link between the northeast rail corridor and the rest of the SEHSR corridor, enhancing the connectivity between Washington, D.C., Richmond, and beyond by providing faster and more reliable rail service. Improving the current passenger rail corridor is an integral component of the Commonwealth’s multimodal transportation system.

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Project Area Overview

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Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Initiative

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What is Southeast High Speed Rail?

DRPT and the North Carolina Department of Transportation in conjunction with the FRA and the Federal Highway Administration completed a Tier I EIS for the implementation of high-speed rail passenger service within the SEHSR Corridor from Washington, D.C. to Charlotte, N.C. in 2002.

For more information about SEHSR, view www.sehsr.org

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Tier I Findings

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The Tier I EIS created the framework for the Tier II EIS project

The Tier I Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documented current and future conditions in the federally designated high-speed corridor. It framed the analysis that needs to be addressed in the Tier II EIS.

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Tier II EIS

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What is the purpose of the Tier II EIS?

The Project Team will complete a Tier II EIS to meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

The EIS provides federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, and the public with information about site-specific impacts to people, places, and the natural environment.

Learn more about FRA's NEPA Procedures

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Developing the Project’s Purpose and Need

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Considerations for the Tier II Purpose and Need

The Washington, D.C. to Richmond project builds on the findings of a Tier I EIS prepared for the SEHSR Corridor, taking into account needs and issues specific to the Commonwealth and the existing freight, commuter, and intercity passenger rail services.

Does the Tier I Purpose and Need say all it should about current and future needs for Washington, D.C. to Richmond High Speed Rail? Click on the comment button in the upper left corner of the page to provide us your input.

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Proposed Higher Speed Rail Service

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What would efficient passenger rail service provide?

Increased travel demand between Washington, D.C. and Richmond is overloading airports and highways in urban areas, making travel slower and less reliable. Higher speed passenger rail can offer improved reliability and efficiency, creating an attractive transportation alternative to automobile, bus, and air service.

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Improvement Concepts

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What physical improvements are needed to make this project possible?

The existing rail line cannot support the passenger rail service envisioned for the future. More passenger trains at higher speeds, in addition to continued robust freight service, require upgrades to tracks and stations.

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Project Timeline

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What is the process and timeline for the project?

This is the first opportunity for you to participate in the project. We encourage you to share the link to this online meeting with your neighbors, friends, and family.

Following the official comment period, which ends December 5, 2014, the Project Team will address substantive comments in the form of a comment summary, which will be part of the Draft EIS. The team will use the information gathered during this scoping phase to guide the development of alternatives for project improvements.

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Environmental Screening Process

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What environmental factors will the Project Team be evaluating and reviewing?

As part of the Tier II EIS, the Project Team will review environmental factors associated with the preliminary engineering including, but not limited to: air quality, cultural resource impacts, noise impacts, social and economic impacts.

Your input will help identify all benefits and impacts associated with these topics.

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Get Involved


Are you interested in joining us in-person at a Public Scoping Meeting? Four meetings will be held in early November 2014. Click on www.DC2RVARail.com for meeting dates, times, and locations.

We want to hear from you; please provide your comments to the Project Team by December 5, 2014.


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