Expanding passenger and commuter rail service

New website launches Summer 2021

What is the
Virginia Passenger Rail Authority?

The VPRA established by Chapter 1230 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, is responsible for promoting, sustaining, and expanding the availability of passenger and commuter rail service in the Commonwealth.

Railway next to a body of water on one side and snow on the other, with a beautiful sunset

What does the VPRA do?

The authority will assume all administrative and fiduciary responsibilities for Virginia’s state supported passenger rail services, including the current six daily roundtrip Amtrak Northeast Regional services originating in Roanoke, Norfolk, Newport News, and Richmond. The VPRA will also provide funding to Virginia Railway Express (VRE), which will continue to operate commuter rail service in northern Virginia.

What does the future look like?

Moving forward, the VPRA will also administer all capital expansion projects, infrastructure, and land acquisitions related to Governor Northam’s $3.7 billion Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative, which will double Amtrak and VRE service in Virginia over the next decade.

Next Meeting: September 28, 2021, 10:00 am
VDOT Central Auditorium: 1221 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA.
Virtual option: DRPT LiveStream 

Request for Proposal:
Franconia-Springfield Bypass Project
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