NORFOLK -- Transportation leaders hope to build a new high-speed rail line between Hampton Roads and Richmond that would cut travel time in half.
At a Passenger Rail Task Force meeting Thursday, leaders outlined a plan that includes a high speed route which would connect Norfolk to Newport News, then to Richmond and Washington D.C.
Trains currently travel, on average, 45 to 50 mph during a trip to Richmond. A higher speed line would allow for an increased speed up to 110 mph.
"People would really buy into being able to go somewhere, buy a nice dinner and come back all in a days time," said Theresa Land.
Other Norfolk residents are worried about the cost.
"Think about it," said Pierre Johnson. "It makes as much sense as a milk bucket under a bowl."
Early estimates are around $400 to $500 million for a high speed network.
The next step is a two-month long route analysis of the Newport News-Richmond corridor.