Richmond, Virginia: Big Rail News

Virginia DOT, FRA host meetings on proposed D.C.-Richmond high-speed project

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration are hosting public information meetings this month to introduce a preliminary engineering and environmental review project related to a proposed high-speed rail service between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va.

The review project includes a Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the 123-mile rail corridor that runs through all cities and counties along the Interstate 95 corridor between Arlington County and Chesterfield County, Va.

The rail corridor between the two cities is the northernmost segment of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, which stretches southward from Washington, D.C., through Richmond to Raleigh, N.C. and Charlotte, N.C. and points beyond, ultimately connecting to a larger network of higher-speed rail corridors.

Amtrak adds bus service between Richmond, Charlottesville

Amtrak and James River Transportation recently launched a new Thruway bus service that connects passengers traveling to or from Richmond, Va., to two long-distance trains at Charlottesville, Va.

From Charlottesville, Amtrak’s Crescent train will continue south to Atlanta and New Orleans, while the Cardinal train will operate west to Cincinnati and Chicago. The Thruway bus connection serves the Staples Mill Road and Main Street stations in Richmond, and the Charlottesville station, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

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