Transportation Planning for the Richmond-Charlotte Corridor: Volume I - Executive Summary & Main Report
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-04/02.I
KEYWORDS: Railroad corridors, transportation planning, rail passenger service, high-speed rail, Southeast Corridor
ABSTRACT: Should the States of North Carolina and Virginia desire to upgrade the railroad corridor between Richmond and Charlotte for improved passenger service that meets a specific travel time goal, a number of infrastructure improvements would be needed. This monograph enumerates, describes, and costs a set of improvements that could, in combination, support a trip time goal of 4 hours, 25 minutes between Richmond and Charlotte. The operational implications of such a service are discussed. As the corridor contains a variety of operating conditions, this monograph may be of technical assistance to other States that are contemplating similar rail passenger service projects.
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