Virginia’s $3.7 billion rail plan called a ‘game changer.’

Virginia closed 2019 with a bold pledge to significantly grow passenger rail service in the commonwealth this decade by building a new rail bridge over the Potomac River, adding new rail track in the Washington-to-Richmond corridor and buying hundreds of miles of passenger right of way from CSX.

The $3.7 billion plan, announced Dec. 19, will put Virginia in control of rail service increases, allow Amtrak to double the number of trains operating in the state and expandVirginia Railway Express service to the nation’s capitalbeyond peak rush hour within a decade.

New intercity and commuter train service could begin as early as…