Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

R. Holder Trumbo, Vice-Chairman,
Scott District Supervisor 

August 14, 2008


Staff Lead:


Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning


Community Development



A Resolution to provide Fauquier County’s comments on the Commonwealth of Virginia Statewide Rail Plan


Topic Description: 

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is updating the Statewide Rail Plan for the first time since 2004, and is seeking comments on the draft plan.  The plan provides a vision and strategy for both passenger and freight rail transportation.


Planned improvements in Fauquier County are the Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor project and the TransDominion Express Intercity Rail project.  Freight rail improvements include expanding single mainline tracks to double tracks, adding passing sidings and expanding passing sidings.  Passenger rail improvements include increased Amtrak service between Washington D.C. and Lynchburg, with a possible future passenger station in Bealeton.

The Fauquier County Transportation Committee considered the Statewide Rail Plan at its meeting on July 30, 2008.  While the Transportation Committee was generally supportive of enhanced rail service in the County, the Committee also sought a commitment in the Plan to the protection and preservation of the County’s historic, environmental and agricultural resources in the vicinity of existing rail lines.  The Transportation Committee unanimously recommended the attached resolution to the Board of Supervisors.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Economic Development
Department of Community Development
Business Interests
Citizens and Property Owners


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