Community Meeting #1 (November 10, 2015)

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Community Meeting for the VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension. The meeting was held on November 10, 2015, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Gainesville Middle School. Approximately 75 people attended the meeting, which included a presentation, informational display boards, and interactive activities. All meeting materials are posted below.

Meeting Summary

View the first community meeting summary here.

Presentation

You have three options for reviewing the presentation from the meeting.

  • Download the presentation (click here)
  • Flip through the slides (below)
  • Watch the recording (below, or at this link)

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Note: The video inadvertently skips ahead around 23:17. A summary of the missing questions and answers can be found below.

  1. Continued response on previous question: The original 2009 study (which had a budget of $1.7 million) looked at the project at a high level, not the level required to comply with NEPA and a federal funding application. There have been many changes in the study corridor since 2009. VRE needs to understand the conditions today, comply with state and federal environmental requirements, and develop a robust funding strategy.
  2. Question: Will all of the studies be online?
    • Response: Yes, all the previous studies are available on-line. Please see the project website (www.vre.org/ghx).
  3. Question: Can you estimate the number of cars this project would take off the road?
    • Response: The Manassas Line today carries 5,000 people daily. The extension will attract new riders, but we don’t yet have estimates. Each train carries 800-1,000 people.
  4. Question: Will this project require an additional rail line?
    • Response: The B-Line corridor currently has one track. At minimum, we will need two tracks, but we may need three, for this extension. The B-Line is a high-priority corridor for Norfolk Southern. They are currently conducting a parallel study to understand the potential impacts of B-Line commuter rail service on Norfolk Southern operations.

Display Boards

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Survey

A survey was made available online through November 29, 2015. It included questions about current VRE usage, potential changes in use with construction of the extension, and benefits and concerns related to the project. The same questions were also posed to meeting attendees. A summary of the results is included in the Meeting Summary file posted above.