I-81 Freight Rail Study and Norfolk Southern Cresent Corridor compared and contrasted in new paper for CTB
Because both are rail intermodal efforts
affecting the I-81 Corridor, there has been public confusion over
what these two projects are and how they differ. In a new paper
prepared for the Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in Roanoke
on November 7, RAIL Solution details the differences and highlights
some curious ways the new NS direction departs from the vision of
its own CEO, Wick Moorman (2nd item below).
"I-81 Crescent Corridor" Initiative
RAIL Solution has been asked our views on
Norfolk Southern's recently announced "I-81 Crescent Corridor"
initiative. To understand its significance, one has to separate what's
old from what's new.
Norfolk Southern President, Chairman, and
CEO Charles "Wick" Moorman made a major address at Hotel
Roanoke, which he called a "coming out party" for the
railroad's I-81 strategy.
A Multi-State Plan Needs Multi-State Involvement
Solution is reaching out to Tennesseans,
Pennsylvanians, Marylanders, and
“Our neighbors need to know
that the H-1581 process offers opportunity
for significant transport- ation
improvements at less cost to taxpayers,
highway users and our environment
up and down the I-81 Corridor. These
citizens need to be pressing their
transportation planners to gain
access to the intermodal rail planning
RAIL Solution Exec. Dir.
Impact Statement is the primary planning document
VDOT must use to determine what, if any, transportation improvements should
be made in the I-81 Corridor.
RAIL Solution responds to
the Tier 1 DEIS
Here's a summary
of the RAIL Solution Response to
VDOT's proposed changes. You can also download the complete
version in PDF form.
the DEIS should be of concern to:
& Development Leaders
- Healthcare Professionals
Curious about how the EIS process works?
Check out this overview of the EIS
on the DEIS were held at six locations along I-81, from
April 11-19. For info on where they took place see this
page. To read about what happened at the meetings, checkout these
& news stories from local newspapers.
It's not too late to let VDOT know
your opinion about the I-81 proposal:
There's still time to add your comments to the record
at VDOT. The deadline
for public comment is April 29, 2006. Make your
comments online to VDOT at: I-81
Corridor website. Or Email:
Christopher Collins, VDOT I-81 Project Study Manager at: cg.collins@VirginiaDOT.org
Or send a letter to:
Christopher Collins, Project
Va. Dept. of Transportation
1401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
let Governor Kaine know what you think.
Virginia's new governor could make rail a reality for
I-81. See our "Contact
Kaine" page where you will find info on various ways to contact
our handbill for a brief overview of RAIL Solutions' views on the I-81
expansion plans and our suggestions for the future of I-81.
June 7th at 10am
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Tier 1 EIS
-Overview of DEIS.
-VDOT I-81 Site
-Write to VDOT>
-EIS Process Overview
-Letters to Editor
RAIL Solution's I-81 Transportation Issues & Priorities
Maximize Rail/ Minimize Road Expansion
-VA Gen. Assembly
-Analysis & Reports