DRPT is involved in many transportation projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Below are key projects
for Rail, Public Transportation,
and Commuter Services. For questions or
additional information regarding these projects, please contact us using our Contact Us form.
On August 23, 2000, Executive Order 71 (00) was signed by Governor Jim Gilmore to increase use of public transportation by state employees in the northern part of Virginia.
On April 2, 2002 DRPT rolled out an initiative to make it easier for Northern Virginian commuters to take advantage of the myriad of mass transportation choices available in the metropolitan D.C. area.
Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), in cooperation
with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and the Metropolitan
Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), is planning to construct a 23.1-mile transit system in the rapidly growing Dulles
Corridor in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, Virginia.
Norfolk Light Rail
Norfolk Light Rail Transit is a $230 million project proposed to extend 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center through
downtown Norfolk along the I-264 corridor to Newtown Road within the city of Norfolk. The project sponsor is Hampton Roads
Transit (HRT), the region’s transit provider headquartered in Hampton, VA.
Rail Enhancement Fund
Governor Mark R. Warner signed legislation creating the Rail Enhancement Fund on July 1, 2005, the first dedicated
revenue stream for investment in rail infrastructure in Virginia’s history.
Richmond / Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Study
The Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Study will investigate a program
of rail improvements or new rail that would be necessary to accommodate frequent passenger
trains through the Richmond/Hampton Roads study area.
Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor
DRPT has been working with North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to identify potential high-speed rail corridors
through the southeast. Virginia and North Carolina legislatures have established a High Speed Rail Commission and an
Interstate Rail Compact.
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DRPT has studied and confirmed the feasibility of passenger rail service from Bristol to Richmond and Washington, DC. The proposed service would feature two daily roundtrips.
Washington DC to Richmond Corridor
DRPT has recommended a ten-year $370 million rail improvement program along this corridor that includes a proposal for a
parallel, third main line track over most of the corridor and identifies other track and signal improvements to increase railroad capacity and
maximum speeds for both freight and passenger rail operations.