We’re very excited to announce that the first new Virginia Avenue Tunnel has been completed on time, and the first double-stack train passed through the tunnel this morning at about 8 a.m. Watch the video here.
This marks an important milestone as we continue to work to safely and efficiently rebuild the Virginia Avenue Tunnel and restore the Virginia Avenue community within the expected 42-month time frame.
As you may recall, reconstructing the tunnel and providing double-stack rail clearance through the Washington, D.C., area will bring many benefits to the District and the region. It will allow us to move goods in a more environmentally friendly and efficient way, reducing truck traffic, emissions and highway congestion; it will remove a rail bottleneck that impacts freight and passenger service alike; and it will position the region and the nation for additional economic growth.
Much work remains as we move into Phase II tunnel construction and streetscape restoration, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience and flexibility while we work to complete the entire project. We remain committed to completing the project safely, efficiently, with respect for our neighbors, and making a great neighborhood even better than we found it.
Thank you again for your patience and flexibility, and best wishes for a happy holiday season from the entire VAT Project Team.