What to expect from Virginia’s Atlantic Gateway projects
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe came to the King Street rail station Friday morning to describe the details of the Atlantic Gateway program, which he called “the most comprehensive transportation package in Virginia history.” It brings together a grand total of $1.4 billion in road and rail projects capped off this week by a federal grant of $165 million that completed the financial plan.
Among those applauding the governor’s list of what’s ahead for Northern Virginia commuters was Doug Allen, chief executive of Virginia Railway Express. Allen said he’s looking forward to several improvements in the next few years that will give the two-line commuter service more flexibility: construction of about six miles of a fourth main-line track from the south side of the Potomac River, by the Long Bridge, to Alexandria, and the construction of a third track along about eight miles of the main line between the Franconia-Springfield VRE station and the Occoquan River.
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