High Performance Passenger Rail for Hampton Roads – Discussion Paper No. 1
Date: August 12, 2011
Status: The national debt crisis has delayed Congressional transportation legislation which has delayed FRA’s ability to issue the Final National Rail Plan. Oddly enough, this is good news for us in that it gives our region a chance to catch up and to generate Service Development plans, a Tier II EIS and grant requests that will be needed in order to be recognized.
High Performance Passenger Rail for Hampton Roads – Discussion Paper No. 2
Date: updated on December 15, 2011
Status: More work is needed. All energies to date have focused on getting the early-start rail service in place (referred to as “incremental starter service” by Norfolk Southern), and truly colossal achievements have been accomplished. Before it is too late, the region needs to initiate actions that will move us from starter service (4.5 hour Trip Time to DC; insufficient freight de-confliction, etc.) to an efficient and effectively competitive passenger rail service in order to obtain the magnitude of positive business impact he region needs.
High Performance Passenger Rail for Hampton Roads – Discussion Paper No. 3
Date: September 6, 2011
Status: FHR contacted and gained interest and informal support for the idea of ensuring that Hampton Roads is duly included in the ever developing nation High Performance Passenger Rail system. More work is needed. Their studies have profound impact on national level decisions and they need to more formally include Hampton Roads in their rail planning analysis work.
A copy of one of the FHR letters, December 1, 2011 to USPIRG, is attached.