December 19, 2014 – To improve passenger rail service and alleviate congestion between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has selected HDR to provide a Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for proposed high-speed rail.
HDR will complete preliminary engineering and Tier II environmental review for the project corridor, which runs generally parallel to I-95 between Arlington, Virginia, and the Richmond area. The project is funded through a $55 million cooperative agreement between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration.
To accommodate rail service with speeds up to 90 mph along the corridor, the project will consider a series of improvement projects, including:
- Corridor-wide track and signal upgrades to achieve higher operating speeds, including corridor curve realignments, high-speed crossovers and grade crossing improvements
- Track improvements and additional tracks in multiple sections of the existing tracks
- Station and platform upgrades, including new platform design
HDR services include passenger service development planning, stakeholder involvement, environmental analysis, ridership and revenue estimating and both conceptual and preliminary engineering. Estimated completion time is 36 months.
About HDR’s rail and transit experience
Because rail and transit are not one size fits all, we help clients with everything from navigating MAP-21 and other funding alternatives, to managing program development and design, to providing construction management for new and established systems. Our wide-ranging portfolio includes extending Boston’s Green Line, one of the oldest light rail systems in the United States, the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study in Toronto and consulting on every phase of the new Sun Link modern streetcar in Tucson.
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