The recent change in administration is likely to revive interest in high speed rail. Where can I find the answers to my frequently asked questions? Attached is a copy of a letter that I received from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources  to do with placing the Macmurdo House on the National Register of Historic Places. Is there a way of expanding our transportation network (as distinct from merely the railway network) without causing so much disruption? Our last post to do with passenger rail service between Richmond and Washington, D.C. referred to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report that discussed the possibility of having hourly Amtrak service between the two cities. (Attached is the donation form that they have distributed. High Speed Rail Ashland VA. Just One Week. After all, if there is one industry that is in turmoil right now, it is transportation (think drones, autonomous vehicles, electric cars, Uber). I think that the answer is, “Yes”. This year we are meeting at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado — July 8-9th. High Speed Rail Ashland VA. Ashland Amtrak’s Long-Term Vision. Virginia has $3.7 billion deal to expand rail service between Richmond and Washington. It is my impression that there are fewer CSX trains these days. High Speed Rail Ashland VA. Ashland High Speed Rail Historic Designation. Therefore we need to keep the “No High Speed Rail” project active. The recent change in administration is likely to revive interest in high speed rail. 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I replied expressing my strong support for the proposal. This report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch describes how the State is acquiring the CSX lines in our area in order to introduce high speed rail. HARP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As many of you know I continue to follow the development of hyperloop technology. Well, the natural solution to the problem of adding capacity to the existing railroad in the Ashland area is to go underground, i.e., to build a tunnel for the new trains, and to keep the existing tracks … A subjective observation is that the number of intermodal/container freight trains is declining. The recent change in administration is likely to revive interest in high speed rail. Moreover, the trains seem to be shorter, on average, and we see very few of the double-stacked containers that were introduced a couple of years ago. The initials HARP stand for “Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership”. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (it is behind a paywall) shows how the freight carriers, including CSX, have introduced Just in Time (JIT) techniques for minimizing the amount of time that freight cars spend in switching yards. For now, I would like to introduce an organization called HARP and to provide a plug for the organization’s upcoming conference. My study overlooks the tracks running through Ashland. Its mission is. (I will be leading a session to do with ‘Safety and Security’.) Such a system such as this could create shorter trains — the railroad managers may create such trains just to get cars out of the switching yards and to “declutter” the system. An Amtrak train passes through Ashland, Virginia, Feb. 7, 2016. Commonwealth Transportation Board, September 19 and 20, 2017 - Reston, VA, 19th - Rail Subcommittee Agenda, Workshop Agenda, Workshop Video, DC2RVA Update, DC2RVA Ashland/Hanover County Area Community Advisory Committee Meeting #5 - Special Meeting, September 11, 2017. But for now, I say that I started my presentation with two simple questions that must always be asked when starting a new project, or looking at new technology: My remarks were focused on the second question, “Is it safe?”. Our last post to do with passenger rail service between Richmond and Washington, D.C. referred to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report that discussed the possibility of having hourly Amtrak service between the two cities. I will post details later. Therefore we need to keep the “No High Speed Rail” project active. Attached is a copy of a letter that I received from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources  to do with placing the Macmurdo House on the National Register of Historic Places. The railroads are moving toward a passenger-style system in which it is the responsibility of the customer to get his goods to the train depot to meet a schedule rather than have the railroad assemble trains based on what the customer sends to them. In addition to questions to do with track capacity, if ever we get frequent, reliable train service to northern Virginia, the impact on the quality of life in Ashland (both good and bad) needs to be considered. Last week I attended a Hyperloop conference at UCLA in Los Angeles. Are other people noticing something similar? The second answer to move into the third dimension, i.e., to go underground. 1. The museum also has an online donation form.). The resolution is available below under Ashland Resolutions, Analysis and Updates. One reason for opposing a third track through the town of Ashland is that it would damage the historic properties that are located on or near the tracks.