Riding the Rails to Clean Transportation
In 2005, SELC helped pass the law that created Virginia’s Rail Enhancement Fund, which provides more than $20 million a year to improve freight and passenger rail service. Now we are defending the law in the state’s Supreme Court. The statute is being challenged by Montgomery County, which opposes a proposed facility where freight would be transferred between trucks and trains. The facility would be financed in part by the Rail Enhancement Fund. In a “friend of the court” brief filed in July, we are asking the court to uphold the law, the fund, and the benefits they provide by supporting clean and efficient transportation.