CSX Rail Project Faces Opposition In Southeast

Guest Host:

Christina Bellantoni
CSX Rail Project Faces Opposition In Southeast

A proposal to retrofit and expand a decaying railroad tunnel in Southeast D.C. is pitting Capitol Hill and Navy Yard residents against one of the largest rail companies in the country. We explore how this complex local project fits into bigger shifts in the national rail network.

A proposal to retrofit and expand a decaying railroad tunnel in Southeast D.C. is pitting Capitol Hill and Navy Yard residents against one of the largest rail companies in the country. CSX Transportation wants to embark on a three-to-six year reconstruction of its rail tunnel along Virginia Avenue, SE, in order to accommodate growing rail traffic along the Northeast corridor. The work would force existing rail traffic to pass through a residential neighborhood in an open trench and local residents say the proposal doesn't do enough to address safety concerns. We explore what's at stake and how this complex local project fits into bigger shifts in the national rail network.

Guests

John Heffner

Rail Transportation Attorney

Curtis Grimm

Professor and Charles A. Taff Chair of Economics and Strategy, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Andrew Lightman

Managing editor, Capitol Community News

David Garber

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Washington D.C. (6D07 - Navy Yard, Ballpark District, Capitol Riverfront)

Monte Edwards

Vice Chair, Committee of 100 on Federal City

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