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Consultant says Carmel Church good site for rail, bus service

Consultant says Carmel Church good site for rail, bus service

A three-year transportation study concluded that a bus and train station should be put in the Carmel Church area of Caroline County, a consultant told the county’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday night.

The objective of the study was “to identify a strategy for improving mobility and regional access for residents of Caroline County with the Washington D.C., metro area and the greater Richmond metro area” an engineer with Kimley–Horn and Associates told the board.

The firm looked at several options, including a commuter bus, a commuter rail, such as Virginia Railway Express, and inter-city rail, such as Amtrak.

Locations considered for the station include Carmel Church, Bowling Green, Ladysmith and a site near the Stonewall Jackson shrine.

The Carmel Church site was recommended because of its proximity to Interstate 95, its “great rail access,” and because it’s near planned growth area in the county and will attract economic activity, said David Whyte, with Kimley–Horn.

“For all of those reasons and some others, that was the location that seemed, as far as our study was concerned, the most effective location to make a transit investment,” he said.

The recommendation from Kimley–Horn was the hybrid option that would make the station initially for bus service and then later for rail service.

It would initially have a park-and-ride scenario with coach service to Washington, D.C., and Richmond. When the demand for service increases, passenger rail service would be provided along the CSX rail corridor.

The study was conducted with $490,000 provided by the Federal Transit Administration. It was commissioned by FTA, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit and the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The board didn’t take any action Tuesday night.

Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

 

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