Groups want ‘Blue Ridge to Beach’ passenger train route

As a long-awaited high-speed passenger rail project between Richmond and Washington gains key federal approval, a coalition of business, higher education, transportation and environmental groups want the state to study the possibility of linking the state via an east-west passenger train service.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Railroads and Transportation announced that the lengthy environmental impact review of the DC2RVA rail project, which aims to increase passenger and commuter rail capacity and reduce travel times along of the Interstate 95 Corridor, is complete, making the project eligible for federal funding for advanced planning.

“DC2RVA includes a long-term vision to transform the future of railroading in Virginia for generations to come,” said DRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell. “Now that environmental clearance is complete, construction of additional rail capacity in the Northern Virginia area can begin.”

That same day, Virginians for High Speed ​​Rail, Virginia21, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Roanoke Regional and Hampton Roads Chambers of Commerce released a report urging the state to come up with a plan to connect “the Blue Ridge to the beach” into form.

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