blog-1The DC to Richmond site has a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section (http://www.dc2rvarail.com/resources/). There are 38 FAQs. Here are 7 of them. (I have shortened the replies to save space.)

Where will the trains start and stop? What safety measures will be in place where roads cross the rail tracks at-grade?

. . . The project will inventory existing and proposed crossings, and assess the existing safety measures at the crossings. Safety measures typically include warning signs, traffic signals, warning horns or gates designed to alert motorists or pedestrians of oncoming trains. The project will also make recommendations regarding the appropriate level of warning devices and other safety measures at each crossing for higher speed rail. . .

How much quicker will the trip be between Washington, D.C. and Richmond?

The time it takes to travel between D.C. and Richmond will be studied and determined as part of this project and is dependent on the number and location of station stops as well as the final track design. . .

If the trains don’t stop in my community, what benefit will there be for me?

New passenger rail service will provide another transportation option to the traveling public to avoid traffic congestion on I-95 between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. The construction and operation of the project would likely have a positive economic impact on cities, towns and counties along the corridor. . . Because the lines would carry both passengers and freight, new and/or improved freight access and improved reliability could bring goods to market faster.

What considerations are you making for safety if the speed of intercity passenger trains is increased to MAS 90 mph?

Preliminary design will address FRA, Amtrak, CSX, VDOT, and other federal and state safety standards. With guidance from these stakeholders and FRA approval, DRPT has developed a Basis of Design, which specifies how the infrastructure will be designed to allow for the safe operation of the new 90 mph MAS service. The final design and construction will comply with all applicable safety standards, including positive train control . . .

Will the new service be electrified?

No. Electric service on the corridor was evaluated in the Tier I EIS and subsequent studies, and found not to be feasible for this corridor that is shared with freight trains.

Why can’t the existing rail lines be used?

The existing rail line cannot support the passenger rail line envisioned for the future. More passenger trains at higher speeds combined with frequent freight service requires upgrades to tracks and stations.

When do you anticipate the project will be under construction?

. . . Complete build-out of the corridor and full implementation of the new service is dependent on future state and federal funding. Currently, DRPT is anticipating the new service could be in operation by 2026.


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