D.C. to Richmond high speed rail proposal moving forward

June 1, 2015

Source: Mike Conneen | WJLA ABC7

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) -- A proposal to develop high speed rail service between D.C. and Richmond is rolling forward.

A public meeting will be held on the project tonight in Alexandria.

"This rail line was built a long time ago,"{}Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Manager of Rail Planning Emily Stock said. "So we just need to bring it up to some modern passenger standards."

The project could increase travel times between the two cities, with trains traveling up to 90 miles an hour, potentially reducing the travel time between D.C. and Richmond by half an hour.

Advocates said the project would also benefit drivers and reduce congestion on I-95.

"In spite of the fact we have express lanes, we need a multi-modal approach and the rail approach would be one of the best alternatives out there," said AAA Mid-Atlantic Spokesperson John Townsend.

Project organizers have invited the public to attend three meetings on the proposal.

Alexandria Meeting Monday, June 1, 20155:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hilton Alexandria Old Town1767 King StreetAlexandria, Va.

Fredericksburg Meeting Tuesday, June 2, 20155:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dorothy Hart Community Center408 Canal StreetFredericksburg, Va.

Richmond Meeting Wednesday, June 3, 20155:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Department of Motor Vehicles 2300 W. Broad StreetRichmond, Va.