The Train is Coming: Virginia Introduces Transportation Overhaul
Taking the train can be relaxing. With no likely chance of traffic and the ability to concentrate on something other than the road, many commuters “opt in” to rail service. However, what if the train does not go to your destination?
For those in the D.C. – Metro area, more train options are on the horizon. Virginia recently announced plans to greatly expand its rail service throughout Northern Virginia and the entire Commonwealth. The 10-year plan, budgeted at $3.7 billion, will expand rail service across the Potomac River and throughout the state by utilizing railroad purchased from the railroad company T.
Possible new routes for commuters include an expansion of the current route from D.C. to Virginia (known as the “Long Bridge”) visible from Gravelly Point (in Alexandria), allowing several more commuters to get in and out of the District. A route from Franconia to Occoquan would provide the option of cutting down on significant time on I-95. Down state, additional railways are slated to be built from Norfolk to Roanoke and Petersburg to Ridgeway, North Carolina.
Virginia’s agreement with CSXT is set to be finalized mid-year. If successful, it could transform commuting throughout the Commonwealth, which is typically focused on taking major arterial roadways. I recommend keeping any eye on the plan’s future – as its next steps could impact real estate prices and development of new “job hubs” in areas outside of the immediate Northern Virginia region.
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