D.C. to Richmond high-speed rail evaluated

October 15, 2014

Posted on villagenewsonline.com

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is evaluating enhanced intercity passenger rail service between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Va. Preliminary engineering and environmental review will be conducted for the 115-mile corridor. This corridor is a segment of the 500-mile Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR), which is designated as running from Washington, D.C. through Richmond, Va. and south to Raleigh, N.C. and Charlotte, N.C.

The Project, expected to be completed within three years, is the second step in a two-tiered process of federal review. The Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared will further evaluate the preferred alternative from the Tier I EIS process (Alternative “A” – the CSX Transportation line) and other intercity passenger rail improvements required to support increased service and faster, more reliable connections. While the Tier I Study established the general route for improved service, the exact corridor alignment and stations will be decided as a part of the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

We need your input! The public will play an integral role in the development of the preferred alternative and in the overall environmental review process. The first opportunity for public input is this survey. This survey offers a chance to provide your initial thoughts on the scope of the project before the public scoping meetings, scheduled for November 2014. We welcome your input and thank you for your time.

Submit your responses by October 20, 2014.

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