Pete Burrus, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's Chief of Rail Transportation, was the guest speaker at the Spring meeting of the Board and Fellows of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute.
At the meeting, Pete addressed the stresses on Virginia's Class I railroads from the loss of coal and petroleum fuel traffic and the implications these have for the future of freight rail in the Commonwealth.
VRPI has been closely monitoring the response of Virginia's investor-owned corporate railroads to the dramatic changes taking place in their industry. VRPI members have also reported recent disruptions to Virginia's Amtrak services attributable to these responses. The significant public policy issues arising from these developments are of great concern to VRPI, and the board appreciates the expertise Burrus brings to these issues from his long professional association with the rail freight industry.
About Pete Burrus
If you see an old Land Rover with the hood up, you might see Pete Burrus under it. In his free time he likes tinkering under the hood of antique cars, but the majority of the time Pete is focused on putting his vast rail experience to work at DRPT. As the new chief of rail transportation, Pete is responsible for the strategic management, development, and execution of all DRPT freight and passenger rail transportation initiatives....