This comprehensive plan provides a defined vision for passenger and freight rail transportation in Virginia through 2040. It profiles the Commonwealth’s current rail assets, services, and capacity chokepoints. Recommended improvement projects are included as part of the Rail Prioritization and Funding Plan in chapter 5, a tool that establishes funding sources, funding needs, and phasing for rail projects. Projects were identified using public and stakeholder input, and extensive evaluation of future population and employment trends, land use, and travel demand.
The Virginia Statewide Rail Plan is part of a multi-modal, interagency transportation planning effort that is guided by VTrans, Virginia’s statewide long-range multimodal policy plan that establishes the vision, goals and investment priorities for the Commonwealth’s transportation systems.