As part of the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the DC2RVA project being prepared by DRPT and FRA there is a range of alternatives still being considered. A final decision on a preferred alternative will not be made until the EIS process is complete.
In the Ashland area there are three alternatives under study: one alternative would result in a two-track bypass going to the west of Ashland and another would add a third track through Ashland beside the existing tracks. A third build alternative would not add any tracks through Ashland, but would include various improvements to crossings, signals, and safety systems. The Ashland station and platforms would need to be expanded and improved in all of these alternatives.
The study will assess the environmental impacts of potential rail improvements and identify ways to avoid, minimize, or otherwise mitigate any negative impacts. The EIS is intended to help decision makers understand the benefits and impacts of the project alternatives. A final decision on a preferred alternative will not be made until the EIS process is complete.
More information regarding Ashland alternatives can be found in the following links:
- DRPT Recommendations
- Frequently Asked Questions
- DC2RVA Project Handout - Ashland Alternatives
- May 2016 Revised Bypass Overview Map
- Bypass Options Map (shows all bypasses considered, including eliminated options)
- Through Town Alternative Mapbook
- May 2016 Revised Bypass Alternative Mapbook
Commonwealth Transportation Board Tour of Ashland and Hanover County
- DC2RVA Tour Presentation
- Comments Received
- Comment Responses
- Meeting Summary
- DC2RVA tour of Ashland and Hanover County
Hanover County Public Meeting Materials
Hanover County hosted a public meeting on April 4, 2016, and invited DRPT to present on the DC2RVA project. The materials presented are available below for review.