Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) applauded more than $1 billion in federal funding awarded to North Carolina from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to help construct the S-Line Raleigh-to-Richmond project, connecting the Virginia and North Carolina capitals and improving rail service throughout the Southeast. This funding was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Congresswoman Ross helped pass in her first term. In April, Congresswoman Ross led members of the North Carolina delegation in calling for funding for the Raleigh-to-Richmond line through the Federal Railroad Administration’s Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program.

The Raleigh-to-Richmond rail line has been decades in the making. Once completed, the line could cut train travel times between Raleigh and Richmond by about an hour, helping to drive economic growth in the region. In June of 2022, North Carolina lawmakers announced $58 million in federal funding for the line.

“I’m extremely grateful that because of this historic grant from DOT, the Raleigh-to-Richmond rail line is one crucial step closer to becoming a reality,” said Congresswoman Deborah Ross. “As one of the fastest growing states in the country, North Carolina needs modern, efficient transportation to match our continuing growth and economic development. I’ve been leading the fight for funding for the Raleigh-to-Richmond rail line because I know high-speed rail will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and increase opportunities for our people.

“Today’s announcement was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – a transformative package that I fought to pass during my first term in Congress. Transportation investments like the Raleigh-to-Richmond rail line are pivotal for communities in North Carolina and across the Southeast. I will always fight to deliver federal support for projects that will enhance the lives of all North Carolinians, foster economic development, and bolster our state’s competitiveness.”