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Virginia legislature to fund VRE expansion, improvement projects

Last week, Virginia Railway Express (VRE) announced the state legislature is considering several measures that would provide funds for the commuter-rail agency.

The Virginia House included an amendment in its budget that would provide VRE $5 million to fund environmental review, design and engineering work for a Gainesville/Haymarket branch. The project includes completing track and signal work, purchasing new passenger cars, and building a station and parking facilities.

Both the state House and Senate included $20 million in their budget versions for new cars. Also, the House allocated $25.7 million and the Senate, $33.2 million, for track improvements.

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