June 2, 2022
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awards over $368 Million in grants nationwide and over $105 Million in Southeast states to improve both freight and passenger rail in the region. Key awards include $58M to North Carolina and Virginia to improve the Raleigh to Richmond segment of the Southeast Corridor and $16 M for the Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail route in Florida.
July 9, 2021
The Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the Tier 1 Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (PRCIP) was published in the Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register. FRA has identified and selected the Greenfield Corridor Alternative as the Preferred Corridor Alternative based on analysis presented in the Tier 1 DEIS.
MARCH 30, 2021
Governor Northam and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to join leaders from Amtrak, CSX, and Virginia Railway Express to make an important rail announcement and discuss the American Rescue Plan
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
Two decades after Florida voters approved a measure to connect Orlando to Tampa via high-speed rail, Brightline has announced plans to finally move forward with this project.
NOVEMBER 2, 2020
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced its award of $14.42 million in Federal-State Partnership State of Good Repair funds to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). The funding will be used to finance the critical $37 million state-of-good-repair Newington Road Bridge project in Fairfax County.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
The 10-mile line is called the “missing link” for future high-performance passenger rail service between Raleigh, N.C., and Richmond, Va.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today the conclusion of the environmental planning process for the Long Bridge rail project. This marks a major milestone in the planning process for the new rail bridge and independent pedestrian/bicycle bridge that will span the Potomac River and opens the door for the final engineering design, financing, and construction of Long Bridge.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Long Bridge Project concludes environmental planning, and moves closer to construction that will better connect north to south in the national capital region.
DECEMBER 20, 2019
North Carolina has received good transportation news as an important agreement reached this week will advance plans to improve the Southeast’s freight and passenger rail network.
DECEMBER 19, 2019
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a landmark agreement to expand reliability and service on Virginia’s rail lines, creating a pathway to separate passenger and freight operations along the Richmond to Washington, D.C. corridor. The parties will continue work to finalize definitive agreements with execution planned in the second half of 2020.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) celebrated 10 years of Virginia-sponsored passenger rail service in the Commonwealth of Virginia at a ceremony today at Main Street Station.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in cooperation with the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), announced that the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Washington, D.C., to Richmond Southeast Higher Speed Rail Project, also known as DC2RVA, has been signed, completing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) study process and making the project eligible to receive additional federal funding to advance project planning.