Major Rail Expansion Between Chicago and Virginia
A major expansion of railroad tunnels will allow modern trains to pass from Norfolk, Virginia’s seaport to Chicago in 48 hours rather than going through Pennsylvania and Cleveland, which takes 60 hours. The federal government is paying the cost of raising tunnels, which are owned by Nofolk Southern, and the project should be completed by 2009. Congressional authors billed the tunnel expansion as part of a campaign to help the economies of Appalachia. No word, though, on whether the new route will bring more passenger rail to southwest Virginia.