Virginia gets $44 million for high speed rail

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The dream of speeding from Richmond's Main Street station to downtown D.C., without the hassle of I-95 traffic, is now one step closer to reality.

The Federal Department of Transportation announced the high-speed rail award Tuesday.

The $44 million boost, will allow Virginia to begin some studies to lay the ground work for construction.

The project promises train speeds of up to 110 miles an hour.

Don't make plans to become a D.C. commuter just yet. The trains won't be running until 2018, at the earliest.

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