WORK WE'RE DOING

Corridor Identification and Development Program

Overview

DRPT is participating in a new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) program that will guide the development of new intercity passenger rail services. The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act established the Corridor Identification and Development Program to create a pipeline of projects to advance passenger rail expansion. The program encompasses pre-construction development of selected corridors, which may include planning, environmental review, preliminary engineering, and other corridor development activities.

Process

DRPT submitted applications for acceptance into the federal Corridor Identification and Development Program for the east-to-west Commonwealth Corridor between Hampton Roads and the New River Valley and the corridor between Washington, D.C., and Bristol. With this designation, the Commonwealth will work with the FRA to determine service development plan activities to be funded through the program’s $500,000 initial grant award as well as continue coordination with the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority, North Carolina Department of Transportation, and Tennessee Department of Transportation to explore opportunities for connections with adjoining passenger rail corridors under development.