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Virginia, North Carolina transportation departments issue draft recommendations for Richmond-Raleigh HSR line


The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have released the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Draft Recommendation Report.

The report identifies the states’ recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the preferred rail alternative for each of the 26 SEHSR corridor sections between Richmond, Va., and Raleigh, N.C. Draft recommendations are based on public comments received on the Draft EIS, which was published in May 2010.

The report also includes an assessment of community and environmental impacts, constructability and costs.

DRPT and NCDOT will present the recommendation report to the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board in March. Once adopted by Virginia and North Carolina, the final recommendation report will be sent to the FRA for evaluation.

The agencies are accepting comments on the draft report until March 9. To download a copy, visit DRPT’s website.

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