WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will receive $14,420,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program. This funding will go towards replacing an existing double-track rail bridge with two new double-track rail bridges, expanding passenger rail capacity in the Washington, D.C. to Richmond, VA corridor.
“We’re pleased to announce these federal funds to make much-needed improvements on rails and bridges that will increase efficiency and reliability for this rail system,” said the Senators. “These improvements will also help local industries transport freight and bolster economic development opportunities in the region.”
The Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program provides funding for capital projects within the United States to repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance.