The Long Bridge Project consists of potential improvements to the bridge and related railroad infrastructure located between the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Crystal City Station in Arlington, Virginia and Control Point Virginia near 3rd Street, SW in Washington, DC (see Proposed EIS Study Area). The Long Bridge Corridor is owned and operated by CSX Transportation (CSXT), a Class I freight railroad. In addition to CSXT freight, the bridge is currently utilized by Amtrak and VRE.
In 2016, FRA awarded DDOT a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for Phase III, which includes preparation of the EIS. Concepts that pass through preliminary concepts screening (Phase II) will undergo detailed engineering and environmental screening to identify alternatives to be analyzed in the EIS. Upon FRA approval, the Phase III Study will include preparation of a Draft EIS and Section 4(f) Evaluation that will analyze alternatives, including the No-Action Alternative and identify a Preferred Alternative. Phase III will include a Public Hearing and comment period, followed by the issuance of a Final EIS, addressing issues presented at the public hearing, and Record of Decision (ROD).