Jennifer Pickett- DRPT(804) 786-7432Jennifer.Pickett@drpt.virginia.gov
Patrick Simmons- NCDOT(919) 733-7245 firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHMOND, Va., June 21, 2010- The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) today announced the inaugural meeting of the Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact will be held on July 12, 2010 from Noon to 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in room 150 at the NCDOT headquarters, 1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C.
The Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact was authorized by the Congress and established through legislation enacted by the Virginia and North Carolina General Assemblies. At this public meeting the members of the Compact will be sworn in, elect officers and adopt procedures to conduct business. It also will provide an opportunity for the Compact to discuss strategies to advance multi-state high speed rail initiatives.
The primary multi-state high speed rail initiative underway today between Virginia and North Carolina is development of the Southeast High Speed Rail Project. Public comments are currently being accepted on the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for this initiative at www.sehsr.org.
The following Virginia and North Carolina representatives serve on the Commission:
Virginia members:Senator Yvonne Miller, Member, Virginia Senate Senator John Watkins, Member, Virginia SenateDelegate Richard Anderson, Member, Virginia House of DelegatesDelegate Ronald Villanueva, Member, Virginia House of DelegatesDelegate Jeion Ward, Member, Virginia House of Delegates
North Carolina members:Fletcher Hartsell, Member, North Carolina SenateClark Jenkins, Member, North Carolina SenateNelson Cole, Member, North Carolina House of RepresentativesJohn May, Member, North Carolina House of RepresentativesPaul Cooke, P.E., HDR Engineering, Inc.
DRPT Director Thelma Drake, NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti and NCDOT Rail Division Director Patrick Simmons, in addition to state rail staff from both states, will also attend this public meeting.