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A show of regional cooperation for high-speed rail

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A show of regional cooperation for high-speed rail

High-speed rail between Washington, D.C., and the Richmond and Petersburg region would encourage economic development and benefit the entire region, a regional group said today. 

Members of the Capital Region Collaborative, a partnership between the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and the Greater Richmond Chamber, and local government leaders gathered with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine at Main Street Station to show their support for the state’s recent application of more than $2 billion in federal stimulus funds for high-speed rail.

“The first nationwide investment in high speed rail can help rebalance transportation options for Virginians — and reduce our dependence on a stressed highway system — while reducing pollution and creating jobs all along the I-95 corridor,” said Kaine.

Katherine Busser, co-chair of the Capital Region Collaborative, said the collaborative is “united in our support …” and “we wanted to join forces with those who are working hard to make this a reality.”

The timeline for grant awards includes two rounds: fall of 2009 and spring of 2010.

 


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