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5/23/2016: Have a Safe Summer by Staying off the Tracks

Have a Safe Summer by Staying off the Tracks

Posted 5/23/2016 1:34:46 PM

RALEIGH – Governor McCrory launched his 25-Year Vision for North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure with rail as a critical component. In 2015, North Carolina had the most exports to international markets in state history, totaling $31.2 billion, and rail service plays a critical role in supporting these businesses that export. With our growing economy and increased rail traffic, safety is our top priority. As summer break begins across North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division wants to remind parents and students of the dangers and legal issues of walking along, playing on, or taking pictures on railroad tracks. Railroad tracks –and the land along them, known as the right of way– are privately owned by the railroad companies. Being on the railroad tracks is trespassing and can result in an arrest or fine. Trains do not run on a strict timetable. Freight trains run at all hours of the day and passenger trains can be delayed and show up unexpectedly. Always expect a train at any time from either direction. There is no safe time to be on the tracks, ever. Trains cannot stop quickly to avoid hitting someone on the tracks, and they certainly cannot swerve. It can be impossible to get off the tracks in time to avoid an oncoming train, and the train may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision. So far in 2016, nine people have been struck and killed in North Carolina because they were trespassing on railroad tracks, including three people in May. Twenty people were killed in both 2014 and 2015. Under Governor McCrory’s leadership, NCDOT is improving rail safety through crossing improvements and educational outreach through its BeRailSafe Program, a railroad crossing safety initiative. All trespassing deaths and incidents can be avoided. It is never okay to walk on railroad tracks - always cross tracks at a designated location such as an at-grade crossing, a bridge or an underpass. Please help spread the word that railroad tracks are dangerous and should not be used as shortcuts for any reason. Help save lives by staying off of the tracks. ***NCDOT***
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4/7/2016: NCDOT Releases April Rail Report

NCDOT Releases April Rail Report

Posted 4/7/2016 10:21:58 AM

RALEIGH - Check out the March Rail Report, featuring stories on: Intertape Polymer Group’s new facility along the ACWR Railroad in Cabarrus County BeRailSafe grant to study rail trespassing CLNA/CSX A Line Double Diamond The annual Train Host meeting Raleigh Union Station update Piedmont Improvement Program updates And more! Click here to read this month’s Rail Report. Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities. New transportation projects in the state’s current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory’s leadership. ***NCDOT***
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4/1/2016: NCDOT Improves Harnett County Rail Crossing

NCDOT Improves Harnett County Rail Crossing

Posted 4/1/2016 10:53:47 AM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division recently made crossing safety improvements at an intersection north of Lillington. NCDOT installed crossing signals and gates at the intersection of Harnett Central Road and Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad tracks. Paid for with funds from the state, this project totaled $270,587. Maintenance funding for the project will be divided equally between the railroad and the state. Four freight trains a day travel through the railroad crossing at a maximum of 25 miles per hour. These projects are a part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,600 of the 3,800 public at-grade crossings across the state. ***NCDOT***  
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3/14/2016: NCDOT Improves Davidson County Rail Crossing

NCDOT Improves Davidson County Rail Crossing

Posted 3/14/2016 4:04:01 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division recently made crossing safety improvements at an intersection near Welcome. NCDOT installed crossing signals, gates and cantilevers at the intersection of Welcome Center Boulevard and Winston-Salem Southbound Railway tracks. Paid for with funds from both the Federal Highway Administration and the state, this project totaled $304,509. Maintenance funding for the project will be divided equally between the railroad and the state. Five freight trains a day travel through the railroad crossing at a maximum of 25 miles per hour. These projects are a part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,600 of the 3,800 public at-grade crossings across the state. ***NCDOT***
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3/9/2016: NCDOT Improves Guilford County Rail Crossing

NCDOT Improves Guilford County Rail Crossing

Posted 3/9/2016 10:17:11 AM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division recently made crossing safety improvements at an intersection in High Point. NCDOT installed crossing signals, gates and cantilevers at the intersection of Pendleton Street and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. Paid for with funds from both the Federal Highway Administration and the state, this project totaled $428,205. Maintenance funding for the projects will be divided equally between the municipality and Norfolk Southern Corp. Twenty-six freight and passenger trains a day travel through this railroad crossing at a maximum of 65 miles per hour. These projects are a part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,600 of the 3,800 public at-grade crossings across the state. ***NCDOT***
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