Opponents of Virginia Avenue rail tunnel files lawsuit

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Neighbors and other opponents of the plan to rebuild an old rail tunnel on Virginia Avenue in Southeast D.C. went to federal court Wednesday to file a lawsuit in their continuing fight against the project.

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) held a press conference Wednesday morning at the US District Courthouse to announce the filing of a lawsuit challenging the Federal Highway Administration and District Department of Transportation's decision to allow "new, twin tunnels, double-stacked trains and years of hazardous construction in the vibrant, growing Southwest/Southeast community of Washington."

In addition to C100, a representative from DCSafeRail and Meredith Fascett, ANC Commissioner-elect for the area were in attendance.

CSX released a statement on Wednesday, which reads:

"The reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel has been approved by the Federal and District of Columbia governments following a lengthy public oversight, review and comment process that shaped the final design of this project. CSX is committed to doing this project the right way, safely, respecting our neighbors and working closely with residents and businesses to minimize impacts and to ensure that they are informed about construction plans. Modernizing this tunnel will help alleviate freight and passenger rail delays and stimulate economic growth by removing a significant transportation bottleneck. CSX believes the project should move forward promptly."

For more information on the Virginia Avenue tunnel project visit: http://www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com/

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