News & Resources

As we work toward reconstructing the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, we will provide the latest updates on the planning process, impact studies, community meetings, approvals and progress here. If you are specifically looking for information on the NEPA process, please visit our page here.




VAT Reaches One-Year Construction Anniversary

May 2016 represents the one-year construction anniversary of the VAT project. CSX is proud of the progress we’ve made and we will continue to work hard to ensure the safety of the construction activity and rail operations through the site, to limit disturbances and to leave this great neighborhood even better than it is today. We look forward to continuing to work together with community members and our project partners as we build a better, safer Virginia Avenue Tunnel. Watch the video below to learn more about the progress we’ve made during our first year of construction.

First New Virginia Avenue Tunnel Complete

A northbound CSX freight train carrying double-stacked intermodal freight made the first trip through the company’s new Virginia Avenue Tunnel in southeast Washington, D.C., signifying completion of the first phase of construction on the critical-infrastructure project.

Innovating for Speed, Efficiency and Safety

Learn about the custom concrete form being used to construct the walls  of the new Virginia Avenue Tunnel. This is just one example of how the project team is innovating for speed, efficiency and safety.

Portal & Streetscape Video

Learn more about what the Virginia Avenue Tunnel will look like post-construction and how CSX is enhancing streetscapes, sidewalks and green spaces in the community.

Tunnel Construction Video

This phase-by-phase video walks you through the construction plans for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel between 3rd and 9th Streets, including estimated timing and impacts to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

How It Gets Here: Trains and the Green Supply Chain

Ever wonder how the products you use every day get from manufacturer to your doorstep? Press play to learn how!


  • As part of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel reconstruction, CSX will also make investment in the community which will improve the streetscape and walkability to other D.C. neighborhoods.

  • Located at 861 New Jersey Ave SE, the CSX community office is open to our DC neighbors.

  • Working together, CSX is committed to undertaking this project in a way that respects our neighbors, minimizes disturbance, and leaves an even more livable neighborhood than before.

  • Capitol Quarter. Navy Yard. Barracks Row. In DC’s most vibrant, growing community, new developments and residents are breathing life into an exciting and historic neighborhood.

  • A combination of private and public funding has combined to revitalize and restore Southeast Washington, improving connections to the Anacostia Riverfront and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Anchored by a combination of residential and commercial developments, as well as the new Nats Park, this exciting neighborhood is filled daily with a mix of residents, commuters and visitors.

  • The Virginia Avenue Tunnel, which runs through the heart of this community beneath Virginia Avenue between 2nd Street SE and 11th Street SE, is nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.

  • We look forward to working with our neighbors on this project, which will improve safety, promote growth, and support the environment here in the District and across our network.

Section 106 MOA - Quarterly Progress Reports

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 requires that federally authorized projects take into account the effect on any resource that is included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) stipulates the measures to be taken to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects to those resources. The Virginia Avenue Tunnel Section 106 MOA is available in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Appendix A. As part of the MOA, quarterly progress reports will be prepared.

Section 106 MOA Documents