DRPT is the state agency responsible for planning freight and passenger rail service in the Commonwealth. Every five years, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires states to submit an updated State Rail Plan. This is required in order for Virginia to be eligible for federal rail funding. DRPT coordinates this effort, along with any passenger or freight rail-related study mandated by the General Assembly or the Commonwealth Transportation Board. To learn more about DRPT's rail planning, please visit this page.
DRPT also works closely with the two major Class I railroads operating in Virginia: CSX and Norfolk Southern, as well as the nine shortline railroads that provide local and switching services to industries and ports across the state. The Rail Preservation Fund (RPF) provides resources to the shortline railroads to help with large capital projects such as rail replacement and bridge repairs.
Virginia Statewide Rail Plan
Virginia's rail network is a valuable asset for the Commonwealth. It provides an efficient means of moving freight and passengers both within and through the state. By diverting freight and passenger traffic from road to rail, Virginia's rail network relieves congestion, saves lives, improves air quality, helps grow the economy, and complements the Virginia highway network while reducing capital and maintenance expenditures.
Bedford/Franklin Regional Rail Stop Study
DRPT is studying the feasibility of a passenger rail stop in the Town of Bedford.