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The Atlantic Gateway is a multi-modal suite of projects focused on the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg, VA. The Commonwealth pursued a FASTLANE grant to leverage public and private investment to improve one of the nation’s busiest corridors. The program will reduce travel times, expand access to employment opportunities, enhance the ability to move people and freight, and alleviate some of the worst bottlenecks in the United States.

This corridor carries more than  350 million tons of freight each year and more than 400,000 people a day. The corridor is a vital conduit for national commerce and trade that connects northeast consumer markets with southeastern ports and manufacturing centers, accounting for 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and making it the fourth largest economy in the world. 

Congestion on I-95 and parallel rail lines challenges the efficiency of the workforce and the freight network. To address these problems, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Transurban, and CSX Transportation are building on a proven track record of success to develop a partnership to build the Atlantic Gateway.

The Atlantic Gateway includes a combined suite of freight and commuter rail, highway, and technology components. 

Component 1:
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Rail and Infrastructure
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I-395 Improvements
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I-95 Improvements
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The Atlantic Gateway will resolve critical existing freight and passenger bottlenecks, congestion, and safety concerns on the heavily traveled I-95 corridor. 

It will accommodate projected population and employment growth, improve reliability for long distance passenger travelers and freight carriers, and enhance the quality of life in this vital interregional and national corridor. 

The Atlantic Gateway will connect people to employment opportunities and provide new travel choices throughout the corridor.