Virginia Gets 45 Million to Begin Studies on Hi-Speed Rail
Virginia has been awarded $45.4 million in U.S. Transportation Department grants toward a high-speed passenger rail service between Richmond-Petersburg and Washington. Charles Fishburne reports.
The money will launch preliminary engineering and an environmental impact assessment. Senators Webb and Warner worked with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit to secure the funds through the Federal Railroad Administration.
The goal is 100 miles an hour along the 115-mile corridor, which will require extensive work in the ACCA yards, south through Main Street Station and on to Petersburg, a third rail to Fredericksburg and upgraded tracks from Richmond to DC.
Total cost has been estimated at 1.4 billion dollars; the 45 million is a start. Proponents say the plan will get two million cars off I-95 every year, boost business and get passengers from here to there in 90 minutes.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News