The Seaboard Coast Line Railroad line bisects Chesterfield’s Bermuda District from north to south, cutting through a number of communities along the way. Neighborhoods in Chester and Centralia come within spitting distance of the tracks, which can see as many as 40 CSX freight trains and several Amtrak passenger trains each day.
A new project directed by the Virginia Department of Public Transportation (DRPT) is planning to bring additional passenger trains that will pass through Chesterfield on their way to and from Hampton Roads and high-speed trains that will connect Richmond and Raleigh, N.C. Property acquisition and construction to allow a separate dedicated rail line for passenger service could begin within a few years, depending upon funding.
Last month, public hearings were held to allow those who could be affected to see where and what properties would be impacted. The Chester and Centralia areas would see impacts from the additional right-of-way needed for the track, the closing of at-grade rail crossings and the construction of vehicle traffic underpasses and bridges.
Tuesday, August 24 – 1 p.m.
Bensley Community Center
2900 Drewry’s Bluff
Richmond, VA 23237
Thursday, August 26 – 7 p.m.
Thomas Dale High School - Small Auditorium
3626 W. Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23831
Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle has scheduled two community meetings to discuss the high-speed rail issue with local residents. She will have Chesterfield Transportation Director John McCracken on hand to explain the project and answer questions. Chesterfield will be handling the purchase of right-of-way for the project.
For more information on the meetings, contact Jaeckle at firstname.lastname@example.org.