Va. gets $45 million for high-speed rail
Virginia is one step closer to getting its own high-speed rail service and thereby reducing traffic along the notoriously clogged Interstate 95 corridor.
The state has been awarded $45.4 million in federal transportation grants toward the development of a high-speed passenger rail service between Richmond and Petersburg and Washington.
The grant will pay for preliminary engineering and an environmental impact assessment of the rail service, which will use trains traveling between 85 to 100 miles per hour. The trains would make the 115-mile trip to Washington in about 90 minutes.
Sens. James Webb (D-Va.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) worked with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit to obtain the funds through the Federal Railroad Administration.
"Improved passenger rail service along the Interstate 95 corridor will reduce highway congestion, conserve energy, shorten travel times and create economic development opportunities," Warner said in a statement.
The grant will allow the state department of rail and public transit to begin preliminary engineering and environmental work for the Richmond to Arlington section of the federally designated Southeast High Speed Rail corridor linking Washington to Charlotte, N.C.
-- Kafia A. Hosh
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