RALEIGH TO RICHMOND PROJECT
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Tier II Record of Decision (Completed in April 2016)
The NCDOT partnered with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit (VDRPT) to prepare the environmental document for high-performance rail service between Raleigh, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. The project will restore passenger service between Raleigh and Richmond through Petersburg, generally following the CSX S-Line, portions which are out of service. The project will provide a faster (up to 110 mph) and more direct route between Raleigh and Richmond.
NCDOT and VDRPT are evaluating acquisition of both the in-service and out-of-service rail line portions of the S-Line to continue developing corridor. Acquiring the out-of-service SA-Line connecting Warren County to Halifax County is being evaluated.
In North Carolina, the project will connect communities between Raleigh and the Virginia state line, allowing quick and productive regional transportation while cutting up to 1.5 hours off the service from Raleigh, Virginia and D.C. The new line would also provide another north-south rail route to accommodate growing freight and passenger rail traffic, supplementing the CSX A-Line.