Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Planning

DRPT plays an active role in statewide rail planning for both passenger and freight service.  As the designated state entity to coordinate federal rail planning efforts in Virginia, DRPT is involved in several planning initiatives to improve the movement of passengers and goods by rail in the Commonwealth.  DRPT's rail division also provides guidance and data for VTRANS planning documents through the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.

Virginia Statewide Rail Plan

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires that states update their rail plans at least every five years to be eligible for federal rail funding. See our latest updates here: Virginia Statewide Rail Plan

Southeast Rail Corridor

DRPT has been coordinating planning efforts with the Federal Railroad Administration and neighboring states for the Southeast Rail Corridor (SER). Established in 1992 as one of the five original national high speed rail corridors by the USDOT, the SER aims to provide faster and more reliable rail service between Washington, D.C., Richmond, North Carolina, and points south. The corridor has been broken down into several segments which have federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) studies advancing on different timelines based on need. Such studies are required by the federal government as a condition to receive federal funds for transportation projects.  

DC2RVA Project
Richmond to Raleigh Tier II EIS
Richmond to Hampton Roads Tier I EIS
Long Bridge Project Study
Long Bridge Draft EIS
Atlantic Gateway

Rail Station and Service Expansion Planning Guidelines

DRPT works with the FRA, freight railroads, and other state and local officials when conducting rail plans for localities that wish to initiate passenger rail service. DRPT is occasionally asked by members of the Virginia General Assembly or the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to conduct studies for passenger rail feasibility. Below is a list of completed studies, as well as links to external planning standards for new passenger rail service for Amtrak, FRA, CSX and Norfolk Southern.  

Intercity Passenger Rail Station Policy Guide

Other Rail Studies

Lynchburg to Roanoke Passenger Rail Extension Capacity Study
New River Valley Station Location Study
Tri-Cities Station Location Study
Commerce Corridor Study

Rail Planning Standards

Amtrak Station Planning Guide
FRA Level Boarding Requirement
FRA Rail Plan Guidance
CSX Public Project Information
Norfolk Southern Public Projects Manual

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