Rail Compact holds first meeting

Edited by Chris Graham
freepress2@ntelos.net
 

The newly formed Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High Speed Rail Compact held its inaugural meeting Monday at the NCDOT Transportation Building in Raleigh.

The compact, which was authorized by Congress and established through legislation enacted by the Virginia and North Carolina state legislatures, will work to advance high-speed rail initiatives in the two states, primarily the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor that will eventually run between Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, N.C.

The meeting included swearing in the compact members and the election of Sen. John Watkins of Virginia as the commission’s chair and Rep. Nelson Cole of North Carolina as the vice chair. The group also began discussion of its work program, including passing a resolution to coordinate the submission of grant applications and jointly support efforts to obtain funding for the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.

The two states, along with the Federal Railroad Administration, recently completed the Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor between Richmond and Raleigh. They are hosting a series of public meetings regarding the proposed corridor designs and associated impacts throughout the month of July.

As set forth in legislation, the compact will meet at least twice a year. Its next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for early January in Virginia.

         
 

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.


augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news


Comments