Richmond to Raleigh Project

The Richmond to Raleigh Project is a collaboration with the State of North Carolina to develop the currently out-of-service S-Line corridor for future high-performance rail service between Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC.

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The S-Line corridor, part of the Richmond to Raleigh (R2R) project, is a railroad line on the Southeast Corridor (SEC) that will provide future high-performance passenger rail services connecting communities from Richmond, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina.

The S-Line corridor is currently out-of-service but once hosted dozens of daily freight and passenger trains and was a lifeline for its surrounding communities. The corridor is a critical missing link to completing the buildout of the SEC and meeting federal and State goals of improving safety, providing economic opportunities, and equitable, environmentally sound transportation options. Efforts are underway by VPRA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to return the S-Line to a functioning passenger rail corridor. In 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia purchased 75 miles of S-Line right-of-way- between Petersburg, VA, and Ridgeway, NC.

The S-line is a key link in the Southeast Rail Corridor, and the purchase preserves this corridor for potential future passenger rail service between Richmond, Raleigh, and the surrounding communities.

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Current Stage – Development/Preliminary Engineering: Beginning 2023

Planning: Virginia and North Carolina prepared and completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for the S-Line corridor. These required documents were completed for the SEC R2R segment. These include: