Hanover board will vote to urge changes to high-speed rail project

Hanover board will vote to urge changes to high-speed rail project

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - The Hanover Board of Supervisors will vote to adopt a resolution asking the Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation to abandon options that bring the high-speed rail project through Ashland and Hanover.

They will vote Tuesday night "to abandon consideration of any western bypass around the Town of Ashland and also to abandon consideration of constructing a third track at grade through the Town of Ashland."

Instead, the proposed resolution urges that the agencies "study the feasibility of making the necessary improvements to the Buckingham Branch to enable it to carry a proportion of the projected increase in passenger and freight traffic in addition to making improvements to the existing two tracks running through the Town of Ashland."

The High-Speed Rail Project, connecting D.C. to Richmond, has been a major point of contention in Ashland and Hanover County with several groups, including Randolph-Macon College, expressing displeasure with the plans to add and change the rail system in the area.

The D.C. to Richmond line is in a feasibility and environmental impact testing stage, while also trying to secure the money to eventually build the new rail lines.

Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting is at the Hanover County Administration Building Board Room, located at 7516 County Complex Road?.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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