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Briefing underway in rail lawsuit

The lawsuit to block a proposed rail transfer facility in Montgomery County could be heard by September.

The Roanoke Times reports that the county is trying to block the project, arguing that Virginia’s constitution forbids state funding of private railroad facilities.

The intermodal rail yard in Elliston would cover 65 acres and link the Port of Virginia and Midwest markets. It would be used for transferring shipping containers between trucks and trains.

Montgomery County is suing the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit, Commonwealth Transportation Board and the railroad. County leaders’ concerns include traffic, aesthetics and land use considerations and lack of economic benefits.

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