September 21, 2015 – 3:45pm

– from Randy Lickey, RTA Higher Speed Rail chair   

A key step towards higher speed rail from Raleigh to Richmond (and onward to D.C.) moved forward with the release of the Final Environment Impact Statement.

We are now closer to achieving this key priority than we have ever been since planning began in the early 1990s, as USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said in recent Op-Ed pieces both the Raleigh News & Observer and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

RTA has spearheaded the ‘Connecting the Capitals’ higher speed rail initiative since 2010 and assisted in promoting our state’s efforts to obtain $500 million in funding for improvements between Raleigh and Charlotte to strengthen the Southeast Corridor.

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition will continue to work with federal and state partners in North Carolina and Virginia to connect Raleigh to the economic crescent in Virginia from D.C. to Richmond to Hampton Roads with effective passenger rail service that complements our freight rail network.

Let’s keep moving, 

Randy Lickey, RTA Higher Speed Rail

Randy represents RTA member Williams Mullen and also serves as the only non-legislative member of the Va.-NC High Speed Rail Compact.