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Chamber Signs onto Rail Resolution

Chamber Signs onto Rail Resolution
Chamber Signs onto Rail Resolution
Chamber Signs onto Rail Resolution

On January 7, a coalition of business groups from the Richmond, Hampton Roads and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., areas met at Virginia’s Capitol in Richmond to show support for the development of rail service within the three regions.  Business leaders, including Hampton Roads Chamber’s President & CEO Jack Hornbeck, signed and presented a resolution to the Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High-Speed Rail Compact, a group of legislators and government officials that works to advance high-speed rail initiatives in the two states, primarily the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor planned to link Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, N.C.

In the resolution, the groups pledge to “commit to work together to advance policy solutions and public and private funding alternatives that will accelerate the deployment and enhancement of higher speed rail services in the southern mid-Atlantic region that will join and strengthen the twin urban crescents in North Carolina and Virginia while maintaining or improving the integrity of our freight rail networks.”  Read the resolution.

Also at the meeting, state and federal officials, including Director of Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Thelma Drake, also provided updates on the high-speed rail project.



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