- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Ashland citizens are expressing concerns about a construction plan for a proposed high-speed rail between Richmond and Washington.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1KAkb1K) reports citizens are concerned about a proposal to build an additional track alongside two rails that already cut through downtown Ashland. Worries over safety, property values and the local economy have emerged.

The plan is just one of three options the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is reviewing for the high-speed rail. The other two are to build nothing at all or to build a bypass west of Ashland.

Town Manager Charles W. Hartgrove says the western bypass would have the least impact and is the preferred option.

Emily Stock, manager of rail planning for the rail department, says all three options are being evaluated evenly.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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