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(This section is provided by Virginians for High Speed Rail)


The Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) is a federally designated high-speed rail corridor that connects most of the major population centers in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida. When fully developed to 90 to 110 mph, the SEHSR corridor will potentially create hundreds of thousands of jobs, help alleviate congestion on our roads and in the air, and reduce the region’s fuel consumption and air pollution.


Population (VA, NC, SC, and GA)

- 31,849,524 or 10.32% of America’s population
- Between 2000 and 2010 the Southeast grew 16.55 percent, well above the national average
- The Southeast is expected to grown another 26 percent by 2030


Congestion

Roads/ Interstates:

- The road network along the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) ranks as one of the most congested in America
- The average resident along the SEHSR corridor in VA spends 206 hours commuting to work or stuck in traffic annually
- The average driver along the SEHSR corridor wastes over 30 gallons of gas annually stuck in traffic
- In 2009 there were 4,249 fatalities on interstates in the Southeast

Airways:

- The average flight delay at airports along the SEHSR Corridor is 55.6 minutes
- 9 of the top 22 least reliable airports in America are in the Southeast

Trains:

- In FY 2010 7,729,120 trips utilized various portions of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor
- Year-over-year Amtrak ridership in the Southeast has grown 13.3 percent thus far in FY 2011 (4/11)


Economic

Trip Savings

- A business traveler saves 46% between Richmond and Washington traveling by train compared to being reimbursed the national average for mileage reimbursement
- Travel between Richmond and New York by train is 80.6% cheaper than flying

Job Creation/Economic Development

- Building/upgrading the SEHSR Corridor to 90-110 mph passenger rail service is projected to create or sustain an estimated 228,000 jobs

75,000 construction jobs alone

- It could also create about $30 billion in economic development along the SEHSR corridor

Environmental

Automobiles

- Passenger trains use 32 percent less fuel per passenger mile than automobiles
- The SEHSR corridor is estimated to eliminate over 1.3 million car trips annually

Airplanes

- Passenger trains use 20 percent less fuel per passenger mile than regional flights
- One regional passenger train equals 4 regional planes
- The SEHSR corridor is projected to remove over 255,000 regional flights annually

Fuel/ CO2

- The SEHSR corridor could reduce fuel consumption by over 26 million gallons annually
- The SEHSR corridor could reduce greenhouse gases by 1.2 million tons annually


Progress

Washington to Richmond

- $75 million in construction funds for 11.4 miles of additional capacity (ARRA)
- $55.4 million in planning funds to complete the Tier 2 EIS to bring the corridor to full constructionreadiness (FY2010)
- Launched new state sponsored intercity passenger rail service launched in July of 2010

Richmond to Norfolk

- $87 million in construction funds to build capacity improvements to start the first intercity passenger rail service to Norfolk since 1977 (Virginia)
- Tier 1 EIS complete pending Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval

Richmond to Raleigh

- $25 million in construction funds to build safety capacity improvements (ARRA)
- $1.5 million in planning funds to begin Preliminary Engineering on a new Appomattox River Bridge (FY 2010)
- $4 million to finalize the Tier 2 EIS

Raleigh to Charlotte

- $521.5 million in construction funds to begin advancing to 90mph high speed rail (ARRA)
- $27.5 million in construction funds to eliminate grade crossings and relocate Charlotte’s rail station (FY 2010)
- Launched new state sponsored intercity passenger rail service in June of 2010.

Contact: Daniel Plaugher | Executive Director - Virginians for High Speed Rail
804.864.5193 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.VHSR.com

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