In 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation named the Southeast Corridor
as one of the ﬁrst ﬁve federally designated higher speed rail corridors in the country. The corridor is a network of passenger and freight rail that runs from Washington, D.C. to Jacksonville, Fla., encompassing D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
Rail provides a unique opportunity to address factors such as:
- Population growth
- Highway and airport congestion;
- Lack of competitive transportation options
- Connectivity needs
- Aging infrastructure and pollution
These challenges will increase as the Southeast is projected to see one of the largest population growths over the coming decades, while freight volume is expected to increase by more than 40 percent.
New and improved rail infrastructure will help transport goods, reduce highway congestion, improve safety and expand connectivity for passengers and freight throughout the Southeast while connecting to the Northeast.