- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has won $165 million in federal grants for a new transportation initiative designed to improve rail service and ease congestion on Interstate 95 in the northern part of the state.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement Tuesday, saying the federal grants will be combined with $565 million in private investment and $710 million in other transportation funds for an initiative named the Atlantic Gateway project.

Among the project’s plans are to build 14 miles of new rail track line to help make passenger rail travel in the state more reliable. The project also calls for extending express lanes on I-95 and building a new bridge on the highway across the Rappahannock River.

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