RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond is trying to keep the commonwealth on board with improvements to Main Street Station. As of now the state is considering this proposal: to build a new line from Hampton Roads to Richmond, without a single stop in the city. The bypass is considered faster and less costly, but city leaders say this is not the way to go.
"Clearly if you bypass Main Street Station the idea of connectivity of joining urban center to urban center to urban center is not established," said Richmond City Council President Kathy Graziano.
The mayor, the greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and other regional leaders have fired off letters to the Commonwealth Transportation Board objecting to the new plan.
"We're developing a strategy to deal with our congressional delegation and with the governor. To make sure our voices are heard on this regard," said Mayor Dwight Jones.
City council members are being urged to be vocal about this new rail plan, especially this Wednesday when the Commonwealth Transportation Board meets to adopt its six year improvement plan, which includes funding for this rail line.