VRPI recently examined the current dynamics and challenges facing freight rail in the I-81 corridor, and has proposed a legislative path forward for policy makers.  While I-81 is the current “poster child” for many of the problems identified in this paper, it is really a State-wide issue. At a minimum, the I-81 study and any subsequent legislation should ensure that the potential for rail to improve the corridor is recognized and the opportunities for funding feasible improvements maximized.