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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Herald-Progress

Mass Town Council Turnout As Residents Oppose Rail

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Richmond Magazine

Railroad Blues

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Randolph-Macon Strongly Criticizes State Plans for Parking Lot, Elevated Train Platform in Ashland

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ashland Passes Resolution Urging State Agency to Improve Communication on High-Speed Rail Project

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Herald-Progress

Response: Not In My Back Yard

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WWBT NBC12

Families Concerned About High-Speed Rail Plans in Hanover

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

R-MC President Objects To Rail Proposal

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WRIC ABC8

R-MC Plans to Fight Proposed Train Station That Would Split It's Campus

 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hanover Chamber of Commerce Releases Resolution and White Paper

 

A Resolution and White Paper – in regards to the DC2RVA rail project affecting Hanover County, we are pleased to present these to you, as approved by The Hanover County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors June 2, 2016. The two documents can be found on our Facebook page and available for download at www.hanoverchamberva.com/railinhanover.

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

A message from FUTR board members:

 

Dear Citizens,

 

Thank you to our supporters and friends for writing in those letters and making the important calls! Thank you, as well, to FUTR directors for hours of meetings, conducting field research, and grass roots education. Emily Stock, with the DRPT, confirmed by phone there is now a new option being studied we're calling The 3-2-3 Option. It avoids both adding a track in Ashland and constructing double tracks through Western Hanover County!

It is exactly as it sounds -- no big land acquisition and no side tracks. It is merging the 3 rails near Doswell into the 2 rails through Ashland, and then reconnecting to 3 rails in Elmont. The 3-2-3 Option should have ZERO impact on rail widths in town. All the rails through Ashland are within 4% tolerance for current spacing to meet the regulations that govern the option.

When asked why this option wasn't considered initially, Ms. Stock responded, "It was determined public opinion supported the Western Bypass, and DRPT does include that in their decision-making process. (Send those letters and make those calls!) Also, the switching yard for a 3-2-3 option is very expensive. The FRA (Federal Rail Agency) is charged with the responsibility of finding the most feasible means of using public investments (tax payers money) to meet the projected, future growth of AMTRAK travel through the next 20-25 years. Based on the initial results from the TIER I Studies, it was determined, in order to meet anticipated growth in ridership and increase in freight traffic, a third rail would be required, connecting the entire eastern seaboard."

Growth Factors taken into consideration: No major new airports are planned anywhere in the USA’s near future, and we will be at or near, air capacity within the next 10-15 years. The same will be true of most of I-95 from Fredericksburg north within 8-10 years. No new rails have been laid along the eastern seaboard in nearly 40 years. Growth is coming and the FRA is charged with making the decision on where and how it will happen. Historically, the least costly way to build new rail lines is to lay a third track beside the existing ones. When that is not possible, undeveloped land is the second typical choice." FUTR believes it will be less expensive for the FRA than the cost of eminent domain litigation and protracted start-up dates for construction.

In conclusion, if enough opposition comes up now, it makes the 3-2-3 option more attractive to the FRA. And that is something that will benefit both Ashland and Hanover citizens! We will continue to post updates and respond to comments as quickly as possible.

 

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Hanover Supervisors Backtrack On Position For High-Speed Rail Project

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Herald-Progress

High-Speed Rail Meeting Draws Crowd

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hanover County Public Meeting with DRPT at Patrick Henry High School

Citizen Video Recording

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Hanover Residents Turn Out To Oppose High-Speed Rail Proposals

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

One Proposed High-Speed Rail Option Leaves Residents In Hanover Uncertain

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

CSX: Delayed Train, Federal Regulations Led To Blockage At Ashland Crossing

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Herald-Progress

Want The Rail? Hate The Rail? Make It Official

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Hanover Residents Turn Out At Brat's Town Hall To Oppose High-Speed Rail

 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ashland Not On Board With One Option For High-Speed Railway

 

 

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