Jennifer Mitchell, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, … said … Virginia won’t need new taxes, fees or special appropriations from the General Assembly to pay for the deal. Amtrak is paying about $944 million for the project, with other funding coming from existing state rail and transportation funds, regional funds such as I-66 toll revenue, and other contributions. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make our rail system work better for everyone, both in Virginia and along the entire East Coast,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said. “This agreement will change the future of transportation in Virginia, improving our ability to move people and goods across the state, and opening up potential rail service in underserved parts of the Commonwealth.”