All Aboard: Plan for high-speed rail from Richmond to Washington, D.C., is chugging along

March 2, 2016

by Jack Cooksey, Virginia Business

Seasoned rail commuters know to pack some patience for the trip from Richmond to Washington, D.C. On a good day, it’s a two-hour ride. On other days, with backups on the track, it can stretch to three hours or more.  So, what about going point-to-point in 90 minutes?Website Insert Real Numbers copy

That’s the promise of a transportation project designed to get high-speed rail moving in Virginia by 2025. In the meantime, Virginia is seeing the expansion of conventional passenger rail, a positive development hailed by economic development officials as a catalyst for tourism and new development.

Since 2014, the state’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has been coordinating teams of engineers and planners whose goal is to significantly shorten travel times by train between Richmond and Washington.

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