Help Save Downtown Ashland

In early December 2016, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) recommended a period of further study for the Ashland region as part of its DC2RVA rail project.

While this temporary action is promising, Ashland and Randolph-Macon College are still at risk. If DRPT ultimately continues with its original proposal of a third-rail and a new train station with an elevated platform in downtown Ashland, the town and college could still be potentially sliced in half, causing irreparable damage.

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Who
is OneAshland?

OneAshland is an organization of concerned Ashland-area residents, business owners, civic leaders and members and friends of Randolph-Macon College who are dedicated to preserving our vibrant community in the Center of the Universe. We encourage all concerned citizens to stay engaged on this issue, which is critically important to the character and future of the college and Ashland.

What
is the issue?

The DRPT originally proposed implementing a third rail through the heart of Ashland and Randolph-Macon College, and constructing a new train station and elevated platform in town. Ashland Town Council, the college, and thousands more have expressed opposition to this plan. In December 2016, the DRPT released draft recommendations calling for further study of potential plans for our region.

How
can I help?

Please sign up for updates above. Once you sign up, we will keep you informed of project updates, as well as when and how to publicly show your support and make sure your voice is heard on this issue. In the meantime, feel free to contact DRPT directly by visiting their DC2RVA project page, and voice your feedback as they continue to study and finalize recommendations for our region and the entire project.