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Our Mission & Vision

Virginians for High Speed Rail is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit coalition of citizens, businesses, localities, community organizations, and economic development agencies that educate for the need for the expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable rail service connecting our communities to destinations along the eastern seaboard to increase the economic potential of the Commonwealth. We were founded in 1994 as a partnership between the RVA Chamber and the Future of Hampton Roads.

Our mission is to educate and advocate for the expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable passenger rail service connecting Virginia to destinations up and down the east coast.

We want to triple the number of Amtrak Regional trains serving Virginia; reduce their travel times by up-to 35 percent; increase their on-time reliability to over 90 percent; and reach over 80 percent of Virginians.


Executive Committee

President: Jack Tuttle, Williamsburg, Virginia

David Wilkins, Colliers International
Barry C. Bishop; Ret. Greater Norfolk Corporation

Treasurer: Michael L. Testerman; NARP

Secretary: Jason Williams, RK&K

Hon. Meredith Richards, Virginia Rail Policy Institute
James E. Ukrop; New Richmond Ventures
Cliff Dunn; Modern Machine & Tool Company

Josée G. Covington; Covington Travel
Robbyn Gayer; UBS Inc
Hon. William J. Pantele; Pantele Law
Trip Pollard; Southern Environmental Law Center


Board of Directors

Willie Bates, Ret. Amtrak and SMART Local 1933
Hon. Whittington W. Clement , Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Jay Corbalis, JBG Smith

Tim Davey, Timmons Group

Sean Driscoll, Towne Wealth Management/Raymond James

Rafi Guroian, Apple Inc.

Elliott Harrigan; Harrigan & Company

Henry “Sandy” Harris; Palladium Investment Advisors

Corey Hill, Kimley-Horn; fmr. FRA executive director

Steven Morrison, Siemens Mobility

Ronald Olds, Plasser American

Hon. Caleb Rogers, City of Williamsburg

James E. Taylor; General Electric

Thomas G. Tingle, AIA; Guernsey Tingle Architects

Robert “Litt” Thompson; Virginia Land Investments

Daniel Weekley, Dominion Energy


Emeritus Directors

Richard L. Beadles; VHSR Founder

Brad Face; Face International

Hon. Wiley F. Mitchell Jr., Esq.; Fmr. State Senator


Advisory Council

Gerard R. Deily, P.E.; Ret. Federal Railroad Admin.

Hon. Sandra L. Duckworth; Fredericksburg, Virginia

Tom Frantz; Williams Mullen

James Michel, Marsh Companies

Richard Sliwoski, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jennie Welliver, City of Richmond
Garland Williams, City of Charlottesville


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