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There's something on which Virginia Democrats and Republicans seemingly can agree: Trains. Both sides of the aisle concur that we need more passenger rail traffic, especially along the Interstate 95 corridor between Fredericksburg and Washington.

An unexpected silver lining in the pandemic cloud that has been hovering over the Fredericksburg region for over a year comes courtesy of a $3.7 billion deal the commonwealth signed with Amtrak, CSX and VRE to link Virginia’s populous northeast and southeast corridors.

Residents of Fredericksburg’s Mayfield neighborhood have a good reason to complain about the dozens of tanker cars CSX Transportation has parked near their homes: they can smell the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other hazardous chemicals the cars contain.

The high percentage of workers in the region who say they want to continue teleworking at least one day a week will have major consequences for area transit operations. The surveys indicate that if that happens, and there is little reason to believe that employers will not allow it, transit ridership will permanently remain below its pre-COVID levels.

IT’S NOT just local roads that are operating far beyond their planned capacity. Railroad tracks that pass through Fredericksburg are, too. And…

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