Virginia High Speed Rail Development Committee
5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement To educate and advocate for the expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable rail service linking the Commonwealth of Virginia to the east coast.
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CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel Plaugher
Board Chair Mr. Robbyn Gayer
Board Chair Company Affiliation UBS
Contact Information
Address 5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 864-5193
Fax 804 864.5194
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $110,500.00
Additional Documents
Information Packet2016View
Mission To educate and advocate for the expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable rail service linking the Commonwealth of Virginia to the east coast.
Recent accomplishments:
  • Creation of the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund;
  • Virginia received $45 million to advance high speed rail;
  • Collected signatures from over a dozen mayors and fifteen organizations to oppose Congress' attempt to eliminate Amtrak's state supported and regional passenger trains.

Virginians for High Speed Rail goals:

·      Connect the Commonwealth with fast, frequent, and reliable passenger rail service;

·      Improve the quality and frequency of Amtrak Service along;

o  The Newport News – Richmond – Washington rail corridor

o  The Lynchburg – Charlottesville – Washington rail corridor

·      Develop and extend passenger rail service;

o  Between Richmond and Norfolk

o  Lynchburg to Roanoke and Bristol

·      Promote and advance the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor;

·      Advance public-private partnerships and investments in high-performance passenger, freight, and commuter rail services;

Needs Our major need is funding to assist our grassroots and educational efforts. Our organization runs on a small budget and with limited resources we are limited in what we can accomplish with our tight budget.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) designated five high speed rail corridors including the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, which extended from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Virginia to North Carolina and Georgia.
USDOT and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) extend the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor to Hampton Roads.
Virginians for High Speed Rail co-founded by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Future of Hampton Roads.
Virginians for High Speed Rail hosts the first Southeast High Speed Rail Conference which generates the idea for a Virginia-North Carolina interstate high speed rail compact.
Governor Jim Gilmore dedicates $65 million towards the advancement of improved rail service along the Washington-Richmond corridor.
Formal creation of the Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High-Speed Rail Compact chaired by Virginia Senator John Watkins

o  Governor Mark Warner convenes a Commission on Rail Enhancement in the 21st Century.

Creation of the Virginia Rail Enhancement Fund and Virginia Rail Advisory Board (since eliminated).
Passage of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) which created the framework for the federal high speed rail program and authorized $1.2 billion dollars over six years for high speed rail.
Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which included $8 billion for high speed rail.

o  Virginia launches its first state sponsored Amtrak service between Lynchburg and Washington, D.C.

FY 2011 federal transportation budget that included $2.1 billion for high speed rail passes Congress.

o  Virginia is obligated $75 million from the first round of high speed rail funding for the Washington to Richmond corridor

o  Virginia launches its second state sponsored Amtrak service between Richmond and Washington, D.C.

o  Virginia, through the Rail Enhancement Fund, invests nearly $100 million to extend the first Amtrak service to Norfolk since 1977.

Southeast High Speed Rail Association along with Virginians for High Speed Rail hosts the 10th Anniversary Southeast High Speed Rail Conference.

Creation of the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operation and Capital Fund by the Virginia General Assembly.

o  Virginia receives $44.3 million to complete the environmental design of the Washington to Richmond corridor.

o  North Carolina receives $4 million to complete the environmental design of the Richmond to Raleigh corridor.


o  General Assembly dedicates $54 million to sustain Virginia’s regional trains for two years, and to capitalize the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund. 

CEO Statement

Virginians for High Speed Rail is the oldest high speed rail advocacy organization in the Southeast, and one of the oldest in the country. Over the last sixteen years, we have made several significant contributions to the advancement of intercity and high speed passenger rail in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We were the lead education and advocacy organization that helped to create the Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact (Compact), the Virginia Rail Enhancement Fund (REF), and the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund (IPROC). The Compact is a group of legislators from Virginia and North Carolina that help coordinate the two states high speed rail plans. The REF has invested hundreds of millions into Virginia’s rail infrastructure, and IPROC can be used as the vehicle to maintain and expand Virginia’s intercity passenger rail service, as well as match any federal high speed rail funds.


We also assisted the Commonwealth in becoming the 15th state to launch Amtrak state supported regional services, and helped to locate the funding necessary to extend the first intercity passenger rail service from Richmond to Norfolk since 1977.


Our overall mission is to link Virginia with fast, frequent, and reliable passenger rail service, and as the only rail advocacy organization in Virginia and the Southeast with full time staff members we’ve made tremendous progress. However, we understand that there is still much work to be done, and with our dedicated staff and board members, generous supporters, and volunteers we will accomplish our mission and goals.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robbyn Gayer
Company Affiliation UBS
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Ken Anderson Anderson & Associates
Mr. Barry Bishop Greater Norfolk Corporation
Mr. Whitt Clement Hunton & Williams
Mrs. Josee Covington Covington International Travel
Mr. Tim Davey Timmons
Mr. John Delandro Bank of America
Mr. Sean Driscoll Towne Investment Group
Mrs Sandy Duckworth Community Volunteer
Mr. Brad Face Face International
The Hon. Scott Foster City of Williamsburg
Mr. Thomas Frantz Williams Mullen
Mr. Robbyn Gayer UBS
Mr. Elliott Harrigan Harrigan & Company, Inc.
Mr. Sandy Harris IIIPalladium Registered Investment Advisors
Mrs. Ann Hunnicutt Pembroke Construction Company
Mr. David Iwans DIA Inc.
Mrs. Donna Kelliher Dominion Resources
Mr. Charles M. Louthan Colliers International
Mr. Craig MacQueen Split Oaks, LLC
The Honorable Wiley Mitchell Wilcox and Savage PC
Mr. Bill Pantele Pantele Law
Mr. Trip Pollard Southern Environmental Law Center
Dr. Meredith Richards Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Taylor GE
Mr. Michael Testerman National Association of Railroad Passengers
Mr. Robert Litt Thompson Virginia Land Investments
Mr. Thomas Tingle Guernsey Tingle Architects
Dr. Eugene Trani Virginia Commonwealth University
Mr. Jack Tuttle Community Volunteer
Mr. James E. Ukrop New Richmond Ventures
Mr. Charles Whitaker Altria
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 30
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 26
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Daniel Plaugher

Daniel L. “Danny” Plaugher was raised in Manassas, Virginia where he lived until moving to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

In 2002, he was appointed by Governor Mark R. Warner to serve on the Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice to complete an unexpired term and was reappointed in 2003 for a full term, becoming one of the youngest members of Governor Mark R. Warner’s administration.

Before joining Virginians for High Speed Rail, Danny worked on over a half dozen campaigns including the 2002 Higher Education Bond Referendum. He joined Virginians for High Speed Rail in January 2007 and was promoted to executive director in July 2007. In 2008 he was the only person from the Southeast to advocate for the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act which created the current federal high speed rail program, and in 2009 he helped to establish the Southeast High Speed Rail Association.

His proudest success thus far is the role he played in the creation of the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund, a first of its kind in the nation, which is the foundation necessary to sustain and expand intercity and high speed passenger rail service across Virginia and the east coast.

Danny currently lives in Richmond’s Willow Lawn area. He is President-Elect of Virginia's oldest Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Richmond, and active in the William Byrd Community House, VCU Alumni Association, and the Partnership for Smarter Growth.

He was named one of Richmond’s top 40 under 40 by Style Weekly magazine in 2011.




Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $110,500.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$88,606$73,237$98,195
Administration Expense$29,355$40,009$15,524
Fundraising Expense$1,008$3,581$5,837
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.780.73
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%63%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%--7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$47,609$57,890$81,595
Current Assets$46,164$56,445$80,150
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$4,611$4,471$2,394
Total Net Assets$42,998$53,419$79,201
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.0112.6233.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990s prepared by Accounting Accuracy, LLC.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from individuals.
  • Organization does not conduct an audit at this time.