Dick Beadles, an organizer and founding member of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute board, as well as being a VRPI fellow, is an independent rail and transportation analyst, commentator and critic.
He has had extensive experience in both rail transportation and urban real estate asset management and development. Originally an up-from-the-ranks railroader, becoming President of the RF & P Railroad, Beadles has had more than fifty years experience as both a practitioner, as well as follower, of transportation and land planning, development and asset management with both the RF & P and CSX.
His cogent comments and observations are his views, and have not been adopted as policy statements by the Virginia Rail Policy Institute.
Read his blogs exclusively here. Send Dick an email.
Rails to Raleigh, the North Carolina Way A neighbor to envy and emulate
Mining Rail Nuggets from Annual Reports The recent picture.
Virginia's Remarkable Rail Turnaround What's changed?
Industrial Sprawl and Rusty Rails, the extinction of the rail mode.
Warren Buffett, Railroads and Virginia observations and impacts.
The Practical Limits of Productivity and an all-weather transportation mode.
Virginia Population, Jobs, and Rail Freight considers the shocking loss of manufacturing jobs from the area, and its impact on rail freight.
A Plan for Hampton Roads Rail lays forth seven key steps to improve rail infrastructure into Virginia's critical port area.
See Facing Domestic Transport Realities for an analysis of the latest report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics about the share of domestic freight carried by each mode.
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