Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor

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Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) is a passenger rail transportation project in the United States to connect with the existing high speed rail corridor from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, DC known as the Northeast Corridor (served by Amtrak's Acela Express and Regional services and many commuter railroads) and extend similar high speed passenger rail services south through Richmond and Petersburg in Virginia through Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. Since first established in 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has since extended the corridor to Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and Birmingham, Alabama.

Most funding for the SEHSR to date has been by the USDOT and the states of North Carolina and Virginia. Both states already fund some non-high speed rail service operated for them by Amtrak, and own locomotives and passenger cars. The first large section of the SEHSR, from Washington, DC through Virginia and North Carolina south to Charlotte, is due to be in service by 2013 based on funding availability. [1]

Other potential sections in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida are under study.

Virginia is also studying two other projects with connecting sections. One is the Richmond-Hampton Roads corridor, from Richmond east to Hampton Roads. [2].

Another project, knowns as the Transdominion Express, would extend from Richmond west to Lynchburg and from Washington, DC (Alexandria) south via an existing Virginia Railway Express route to Manassas, extending on south to Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke and Bristol on the Tennessee border. [3]

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