NEC Projects


DC to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail

Project Partners

  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT)
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VRE)
  • CSX Corporation
  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Project Benefits

  • Increased frequency
  • Improved reliability
  • Decreased travel times (Speeds up to 90 mph)
  • Improved motorist and rail safety
  • Boosts economic growth

Project Status


Available Funding

$55 M

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are working to improve passenger rail service between Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia, in a corridor shared by growing volumes of intercity passenger, commuter, and freight rail traffic. As part of the process, a Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Preliminary Engineering and a Service Development Plan are underway that will specify improvements for the 123-mile project corridor. This corridor is the northernmost segment of the planned Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor, linking Washington, D.C. and Florida.

The project will provide the critical link between the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor rail line from Boston to Washington, DC and the rest of the SEHSR corridor, enhancing public mobility and connectivity by providing faster, more frequent, and more reliable passenger rail service along the eastern seaboard. In order to develop a higher speed passenger rail link, additional tracks and other infrastructure improvements are being considered.  

The EIS and preliminary engineering project is funded by DRPT via a grant from FRA. As the provider of intercity passenger rail, Amtrak continues to coordinate with DRPT and the FRA on the future integration of services on the SEHSR corridor. Download the latest EIS documents and learn how to get involved at