Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project

The 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 and submitted the document to the FRA for a Record of Decision. The FRA Record of Decision will determine the next steps in the federal review process.

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