House Bill No. 613

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House Bill No. 613 will make it easier for the Department of Public Transportation to acquire land. Here is the information that I have. Please feel free to provide additional information or comments. The title of the bill is,

A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 2.2-1147 and 2.2-1149 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation; acquisition of real estate and rights-of-way.

The current status of the bill is shown here. It shows:

  • Introduced. Jan 11, 2016
  • Passed House. Feb 12, 2016
  • Passed Senate. Vote scheduled for Feb 24, 2016
  • Signed Into Law. No Date

The text of the bill can be viewed here.

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Request for Detailed Information

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On February 10th of this year I sent a letter to the project team asking for more information to do with the decisions that were made regarding the Stage I options. The reply was not sufficiently detailed so I submitted the following to the dc2rvarail Comment page today.

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Please provide me with a copy of the reports, analyses, correspondence and presentations that were made prior to the Stage 1 decision as described in your slidepack ‘Ashland Alternatives’ presented at the meeting at Ashland Town Hall on February 5th of this year (https://ashlandrail.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/notes-of-meeting-with-drpt/). In particular I would like to be informed as to the decision processes that led to the exclusion of the Buckingham Branch/eastern line and the I-95 corridor options.

On February 10th 2016 I mailed a letter to Ms. Stock outlining this request in detail. In my judgment I did not receive a sufficiently detailed response. I cannot find a way to attach documents to this form submittal so I am providing a link to that letter:

http://www.stb07.com/downloads/dc2rva-stage-1-letter.pdf

Thank you for your help.

Ian Sutton

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Deadline for Submitting Comments

Amtrak-Ashland-VAI would like to remind everyone that we have until January 8th to submit comments to the current on-line meeting. The address is http://www.dc2rvarail.com/online-meeting/. If you are looking for a “go-by” or template consider Bob Brown’s post or, for something shorter, something on the following lines.

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Dear Sir/Madam:

I am opposed to the option of running a third line through the center of Ashland. This option would ruin the atmosphere of our historic town. I am also concerned at the safety issues to do with having trains so close to homes, businesses and restaurants.

The high speed rail should bypass Ashland but our town should retain its current passenger service to D.C. and Richmond.

Yours truly,

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Guest Post #2

Ashland Town HallThe following is a guest post from Robert DeLille.

I wanted to let everyone know 2 things:

  1. I am having our attorney write a letter in response to the letter we received from the Commonwealth re: “notice of entry upon land for examination of land for transportation purposes,” restricting (to the extent possible) their access to our property. I am happy to share that if anyone wants a copy.
  2. I have talked with Danny Plougher from the Virginia High Speed Rail Association and he is happy to come out to talk with us. I have talked with Charles Hartgrove and he is going to host this at town hall. He is going to shoot me a couple of dates in the next 2-3 weeks. I will publish the date once it is nailed down.