Central Virginia Rail Study


DRPT is leading the Central Virginia Rail Economic Development Study to evaluate rail opportunities that may yield long-term regional economic growth in the Lynchburg area, including Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties, as well as the City of Lynchburg.

Through research and outreach, the study will gauge industry drivers and analyze regional economic and market conditions. It will develop concepts for rail-centric economic development opportunities that capitalize on the natural advantages of the region’s existing landscape and cultivate growth in established sectors. The study will recommend viable concepts along with projected benefits and will identify strategies for implementation.


DRPT, with assistance from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, shall conduct a study to evaluate rail-centric economic development opportunities in the Bedford, Campbell, and Lynchburg region of central Virginia, including both passenger and freight rail enhancements that encourage intermodal and other non-intermodal market opportunities that may yield long-term success and growth in the region. The department shall submit the results of the study to the Governor and General Assembly on or before November 1, 2024.