Leaders hope for high-speed train between Hampton Roads and Richmond

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 PM

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.

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