Public comment: Should state subsidize trains?
Members of the public are invited to comment on a burning–- well, chugging, actually–- statewide topic: Should Virginia create a dedicated fund to subsidize passenger rail service?
Already, Virginia has agreed to subsidize a pair of routes, one proposed for Richmond and another already started through Charlottesville, with the latter recently revealed as so wildly successful that it may not need the subsidy earmarked for it.
“The demand for more transportation choices continues to grow in Virginia," says state rail director Thelma Drake, in a prepared statement. "But without a dedicated source of operating funds we will not be able to sustain or expand Amtrak service in underserved areas such as Hampton Roads and Southwest Virginia in the future.”