Through the DC2RVA alternatives development process and related community meetings, DRPT recognized the unique nature of the Town of Ashland and Hanover County area, and that many of the alternatives for greater rail capacity in this area generated community concerns. As a result, DRPT recommended to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) a community-based effort to supplement DC2RVA public involvement activities and help inform DRPT’s recommendation for a Preferred Alternative that provides the required rail capacity through the Ashland/Hanover area. As part of the community-based effort, DRPT has established a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to take a more intensive look at all previous options. The CAC may also identify potential new options to meet the purpose and need of the DC2RVA project, and suggest mitigation strategies to address project impacts.
It is expected that the CAC will make final recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board at this meeting.