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July 2013 DRAFT Virginia Statewide Rail Plan

All information in this summary was extracted from the DRAFT Virginia Statewide Rail Plan for Public Review and Comment, source The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

This report clearly illustrates that much great work has been done (with our thanks to VDRPT and all involved), but that we have a long way to go (with related time and funding) before our higher speed rail connections are realized in Hampton Roads (with needed frequency and speed to maximize profitability).

It is clear that there has to be a working relationship with our area railroads, with leveraging existing tracks mixed with new tracks to form the most idea solutions. Hampton Roads is being found on the maps has been inconsistent to date. We have connectivity being planned with both Northeast and Southeast corridors.

Yet our "Greenfield" thinking should include all options (and in some cases should include new rails and routes), planning for the best future, balanced with the reality of several conditions that impact the solution.

These highlights are not intended to bias the reader via out of context views. Rather, we are trying to attract the viewer to read the entire report for full context and then comment accordingly.

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Press Release
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Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Releases Draft Virginia Statewide Rail Plan for Public Review and Comment

Draft 2013 - Virginia Statewide Rail Plan is available HERE.

RICHMOND
Governor McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) released the Draft 2013 Virginia Statewide Rail Plan for public review and comment. The comprehensive plan will provide a defined vision for passenger and freight rail transportation in Virginia through 2040. It profiles the Commonwealth's current rail assets, services, and capacity chokepoints. Recommended improvement projects are included as part of the Rail Resource Allocation Plan, a tool that establishes funding sources, funding needs, and phasing for rail projects. Projects were identified using public and stakeholder input, and extensive evaluation of future population and employment trends, land use, and travel demand.

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