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The comment period is now closed. Please visit the Virginia State Rail Plan Website for more information.
What is DRPT?
- Established in 1992
- Three primary areas of operational activity - rail, public transportation and transportation demand management
Who are the stakeholders?
Stakeholders represent audiences who are integral to assuring the State Rail plan meets its objectives and goals. Click on the plus symbols to see who we've worked with:
Private rail industry
- Norfolk Southern
- Virginia Railway Express
- Shenandoah Valley Railroad
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line
- The Port of Virginia
- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
- Virignia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
- Virginia Department of Transportation - Freight
- Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
- Charlottesville-Albermarle Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Crater Planning District Commission (Tri-Cities Area MPO)
- Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
- New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (Richmond Regional TPO)
- Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (Roanoke Valley TPO)
- Winchester-Frederick Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Virginia's Region 2000 Local Government Council (Central Virginia MPO)
- Briston, TN Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Virginia Rail Policy Institute
- Virginia Railroad Association
- Virginians for High Speed Rail
And local, state, and regional officials
Rail & Freight Transportation
State Rail Plan Requirements
The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 task states with producing a State Rail Plan to establish policy, priorities, and implementation strategies for freight and passenger rail transportation within its boundaries, to enhance rail service in the public interest, and serve as the basis for Federal and State rail investments within the state.
State Rail Plans
Virginia State Rail Plan
Rail Plan Vision
Goals & Objectives
Rail Plan: Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Role of Rail
Virginia’s location and position on principal rail corridors provides rail access to every region of the U.S., as well as ports along the entire Atlantic coast.
Chapter 2: The Existing System
Virginia is now served by 11 freight railroads, both long distance and intercity Amtrak passenger routes, and two commuter routes provided by Virginia Railway Express. These carriers have strong national and international networks with comprehensive multimodal connectivity.
Chapter 3: Proposed Passenger Rail Improvements
The agency has established a track record of success through its partnerships with host freight railroads in the Commonwealth to expand or introduce intercity passenger rail service on major freight rail corridors, balancing freight and economic development needs with the improved mobility, transportation, and environmental benefits offered by passenger rail.
Chapter 4: Proposed Freight Rail Improvements
Shortline Class lll and Class l railroads have different improvement and investment goals.
The graphic shows Shortline Class lll financing, growth, and projects in comparison with Class 1 financing, growth and projects.
Chapter 5: The State's Investment Program
Chapter five highlights Virginia’s Rail Service and Investment Program and its role.
Chapter 6: Coordination & Review
Stakeholder involvement for the State Rail plan has included outreach to freight and passenger rail entities in the Commonwealth.
- Statewide Six Year Improvement Program meetings participation
- Stakeholder committee meetings
- Stakeholder interviews
- Online surveys
The feedback received from our stakeholders during outreach and coordination activities is being used to support development of the State Rail Plan team.
Economics & Socio-Environmental Benefits
Virginia’s State Rail Plan will meet federal guidelines and will be available in late 2017.