Hanover board to vote on resolution opposing high-speed rail project

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Hanover County will vote on a resolution opposing the highly contested third rail Tuesday night.

The high-speed rail project has been a hot-button topic in the town of Ashland for months. But tonight, the Hanover County Board of Supervisors will vote on a different option that uses existing rail lines.

The current third rail plans follow a federal initiative to improve rail options and help with future growth but some folks here in Hanover County are not on board, saying the third rail would cut through the heart of Ashland and split Randolph-Macon College in half.

Critics also say the current options would destroy the rural character of western Hanover County and would force those living in the path to uproot their lives.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the administration building at the Hanover courthouse.

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