The states of North Carolina and Virginia propose incremental improvements to intercity passenger rail service between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. Further information is available on the project website: www.sehsr.org . A Tier-1 EIS was completed to select the Southeast High Speed Rail corridor. An implementation plan was created in October 2002 to give an overview of upcoming activities along the different segments of that selected corridor.
The FRA, North Carolina and Virginia initiated a Tier II EIS for the section of the corridor from Petersburg, VA to Raleigh, NC. Notice of Intent. In February 2006, the Tier II EIS was extended to Richmond, VA in a second notice of intent.
On May 4, 2010, FRA signed the Draft Tier II EIS. FRA, NCDOT and Virginia DRPT then undertook an extensive public involvement process that included eight public meetings and an extended comment period that ended on September 10, 2010. The project team received approximately 1,850 comments from individuals and 50 from Federal, State and local agencies. The project team is now working on the Final Tier II EIS and FRA anticipates that it will be signed in early 2015 with a Record of Decision to follow in late Spring or early Summer 2015.
For more information, please visit the project website at http://www.sehsr.org/.