The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has just released its draft recommendation on how to bring high speed rail to the Commonwealth and beyond.
The comprehensive plans show four tracks in Northern Virginia, then three through Fredericksburg, Central Virginia and Richmond, with two full service stations at Staples Mill and Main Street.
Danny Plaugher, Executive Director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, says the report is particularly sensitive to concerns in Ashland. He says for now, the state will concentrate on areas North and South of Ashland, and though much depends upon federal dollars that have not been funded, Virginia wants to be ready.
The draft study now goes to the Commonwealth Transportation Board as they contemplate high speed rail in Virginia and how to make it happen.