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Norfolk Gets A Step Closer To High Speed Rail

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The possibility of a high-speed rail project from Richmond to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia is one step closer to reality, the Associated Press reports. 

The environmental impact statements for the proposed routes are now complete, officials with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation said over the weekend. The planned routes would connect the Hampton Roads area to Richmond and the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.

Engineers claim the newly identified path recommends a 90 mph to 110 mph alignment from Norfolk through Petersburg to Richmond. The route also would maintain Amtrak's current service from Newport News through Williamsburg to Richmond.

Both lines would connect to the Southeast High Speed Rail corridor in Richmond, providing passengers the ability to travel south to Charlotte, N.C., and north to Washington and beyond.

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