The DC2RVA project will complete the critical link between the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and the Southeast High Speed Rail (HSR) Corridor, as well as enhance connectivity between Richmond and Northern Virginia and improve modal options available to Virginians, while preserving the economic benefits that Virginia receives from the high quality freight rail network.
Moffatt & Nichol's scope of work includes a Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with Preliminary (30%) Engineering Design to evaluate a series of infrastructure and service improvements along the corridor. It also includes a Service Development Plan (SDP) for the full corridor, as well as conceptual and preliminary engineering for the Fredericksburg to Richmond segment. The project will result in the environmental review and approvals to support the design-build or final design and construction of this segment of the SEHSR in the future, to achieve the desired speed of 90 MPH.
The project corridor is a 123-mile, active rail corridor owned by CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) and will include 17 grade separations. In addition to CSXT freight activity, Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) operate on the corridor. The project involves extensive coordination with these operators, as well as regulatory agencies and local jurisdictions. The corridor passes through Federal facilities, critical environmental resources, Civil War historic sites, and a host of other environmental and community resources.