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DRPT has provided funding for numerous freight, passenger and rail planning projects over the years. Projects are identified by corridor and whether they were a passenger, freight or planning project. Major current projects are shown below.

Major Initiatives

Acca Yard Bypass in Richmond (I-95 Corridor Improvements):

  • Will improve operation and network fluidity on the congestion CSX A-Line Corridor which parallels I-95. Improvements include 8 miles of double track, multiple universal crossovers, a yard reconstruction and passenger passing sidings. 

Amtrak Expansion to Roanoke

  • Will extend Amtrak service from Lynchburg to Roanoke.  This project includes a suite of projects: constructing the Green-Smothers Double-track, a ten-mile second mainline, to improve network fluidity by allowing trains to pass at a strategic location; increasing five railroads tunnel clearances and five roadway bridges near Altavista to allow double stack intermodal traffic to shift to the Altavista Route opening up capacity for Amtrak Service between Roanoke and Lynchburg; upgrading signals and electrifying switches on the Lynchburg Wye at Woodall Road to allow for safer and more efficient movement of trains between Lynchburg and Roanoke; building an Amtrak Service facility in Roanoke for the locomotive and eight cars to allow for Amtrak to turn and service the train set in Roanoke for early morning departures and late evening arrivals; refining network study recommendations for freight traffic improvements along the Altavista route to identify improvements to the Roanoke area to accommodate additional intermodal traffic shifted to the Altavista route; and constructing an 850 foot high-level platform in downtown Roanoke allowing for level boarding of Amtrak trains.    

Atlantic Gateway

Arkendale to Powell's Creek

  • Is part of a larger initiative to construct an additional third track between Richmond and Washington, D.C.  Construction of the 3rd main track runs from MP 71.0 at CFP Arkendale in Stafford County, VA to MP 81.3 at CFP North Possum Point in Prince William County, VA on the CSXT Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac Mainline. 
  • The 3rd track segment will be used to meet, pass, and overtake trains to enhance the performance schedule for intercity passenger service, high speed passenger rail service, and Virginia Railway Express commuter service, while preserving freight operations.  Improvements also include structures such as under-grade railroad bridges, overhead roadway bridges, at-grade railroad crossings, and signal system.  Quantico Station improvements include conversion of a side platform to an island platform with pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks, so that all three tracks can serve the passenger station.

Brooke and Leeland Station Expansion Study, Design, & Construction:

  • Will expand the length of the platforms and add a second platform edge to allow VRE trains to serve the stations on either track.  Currently, there is only one platform at these stations, so trains must cross over to the adjacent track to make a station stop.  This constrains capacity for Amtrak and CSX freight trains on the line.

DC2RVA (Washington, D.C. to Richmond)

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National Gateway Suite of Projects

Newport News Multimodal Center

  • Located at Bland Boulevard and I-64, this new multi-modal transportation center will be more energy efficient, allow for increased passenger train ridership, reduce costs as Amtrak will be able to turn and maintain the trains on site.  Transportation options will increase through new inter-city bus service with local connections including HRT, shuttles to airport and taxi service.

Norfolk International Terminals Central Rail Yard Improvements

  • Constructs an intermodal rail yard within Norfolk International Terminals to increase the terminal's rail capacity. The proposed intermodal yard will be located in an area currently occupied by structurally deficient and functionally obsolete warehouses. The primary objective of this project is to increase NIT's rail capacity by improving rail-served market access to the terminal and capture a larger percent of cargo by rail.

Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project

  • Is investigating a program of rail improvements or new rail that would be necessary to accommodate frequent passenger trains through the Richmond/Hampton Roads study area. This study evaluates potential routes for higher speed rail service in both the Richmond to Petersburg to South Hampton Roads Corridor along Route 460, and the existing Amtrak Corridor from Richmond to Williamsburg to Newport News along I-64. New passenger rail service in these locations could ultimately provide rail connections to the Southeast, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions as an extension of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) currently being studied. 
  • Public hearings were held in January 2010 to gain feedback on the alternatives evaluated in the Tier I Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). In February 2010, based on the evaluation and public comments received, the Commonwealth Transportation Board selected Alternative One as the preferred alternative for enhanced passenger rail service between Richmond and Hampton Roads. DRPT has completed the Tier I Final EIS document. 

Richmond to Raleigh Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Study

Staples Mill Station Improvements

  • Will more than double the amount of available parking at the Staples Mill Amtrak Station parking lot from 288 to 600 parking spaces.  The entire existing lot will be repaved, with improved taxi and ride share parking, pedestrian access and bus loading. Along with these improvements, a second entrance off of Bremner Boulevard will be added to improve parking lot access.

Virginia International Gateway/Commonwealth Railway Marshalling Yard Expansion

  • Consists of developing additional on-dock rail capacity for the purpose of transferring containerized cargo between rail service and ship lines.  
  • Increased capacity will be achieved through the construction of new track and associated infrastructure configured to allow loading and unloading of containers by terminal container handling equipment.
  • The primary objective of this project is to increase VIG's container throughput to approximately 40% of the full build-out capacity of the terminal.
  • A marshalling yard expansion outside the terminal is also needed to accommodate the additional rail throughput.  

Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact

Virginia State Rail Plan

DRPT is also a funding partner with nine shortline railroads on numerous smaller scale projects throughout the Commonwealth.  To view those projects, please review DRPT's SYIP.  

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