By Cathy Carter
The Army is considering a plan to transport soldiers by train from Fort Lee to Fort A.P. Hill for training exercises.
Stuart Gregory of Fort Lee's Combined Arms Support Command says if the plan comes to fruition, it would be the first time in more than 40 years that passenger trains were used for U.S. troop movements.
Right now, buses are used to move troops between the two Virginia installations.
Fort Lee, near Petersburg, is about 60 miles south of Fort A.P Hill, in Caroline County near Fredericksburg.
The proposal calls for the Army to buy or lease locomotives and rail cars from the Virginia Railway Express. Amtrak would operate the shuttle.
If the plan goes through, traffic could become less congested. The Army says the train would remove up to 4,000 buses and 320 tractor-trailers from I-95 annually.