Car barge between Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads to resume

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A barge connecting Eastern Shore and South Hampton Roads will resume service next week.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will restart after the Bay Coast Railroad shut down the barge service last year when it found $1 million in structural deficiences.

Virignia prvoided a grant through the Shortline Railway Preservation Fund, which included $700,000 from the the state and $300,000 from Accomack and Northampton counties and the Bay Coast Railroad.

“The partnership to return this critical rail-barge service is an example of the commonwealth’s commitment to invest in innovative transportation solutions,” McDonnell said in a statement. “The service delivers greater rail options to one of our country’s busiest ports, provides essential rail service to the Eastern Shore, and reduces truck traffic in the Hampton Roads area.”

The barge connects Bay Coast Railroad tracks on the Eastern Shore with tracks in Little Creek (Norfolk/Virginia Beach) by barge. During repairs, freight shipments were diverted to trucks that drove through the Bay-Bridge Tunnel or to Norfolk Southern for rail shipment through Maryland and back down to Virginia.

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