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1/12/2015: Cary Rail Depot Chosen As National Model for Return on Investment

Cary Rail Depot Chosen As National Model for Return on Investment

Posted 1/12/2015 10:45:29 AM

RALEIGH- N.C. Department of Transportation’s Cary Rail Depot has been selected by OneRail Coalition as one of six examples from around the country that have demonstrated a high return on investment of both public and private funding for rail projects. On Dec. 2 OneRail Coalition hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill where they highlighted successful passenger and freight projects from around the country. The Cary Depot was one of the six success stories highlighted at the briefing. NCDOT Rail Division Facility Consulting Engineer Craig Newton shared with the attendees at the briefing how planners foresaw a need over 20 years ago and were therefore able to implement phased projects with limited funding in order to meet future growth in the Cary area. The Cary Depot was developed using a model that was developed in the 1990s where small initial projects anticipate future expansion. This model has been used elsewhere in North Carolina and has proven to be successful in increasing ridership dramatically, especially when station facilities are improved. “Cary Depot ridership growth has far exceeded our expectations. My hope is that this success will inspire other station projects in North Carolina and other states,” said Newton. **NCDOT**
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1/8/2015: North Carolina's Amtrak Now on Facebook

North Carolina's Amtrak Now on Facebook

Posted 1/8/2015 3:21:34 PM

Raleigh - It’s a new year – and the perfect time to discover a new way to get information about train travel in North Carolina! North Carolina’s Amtrak is now on Facebook. The page, which launched this month, is a one-stop-shop for all the information you need about taking the train in North Carolina. The page features information on destinations, tickets, specials and promotions, as well as what to do in various cities along the rail corridor and events of interest taking place in cities along the corridor each month. “With the launch of a better social media presence, we hope to connect with people already riding the train and people who may have never considered it – this is a way we can showcase the rail experience and give better, up to the minute information to those planning a trip,” said Rail Director Paul Worley. Search for North Carolina’s Amtrak on Facebook, or visit facebook.com/NCAmtrak, and “like” the page. North Carolina’s Amtrak is also on Twitter at @ncdot_rail. ***NCDOT***
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12/19/2014: NCDOT Releases Executive Summary for the Public Draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan

NCDOT Releases Executive Summary for the Public Draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan

Posted 12/19/2014 4:04:27 PM

RALEIGH - In anticipation of the mid-February release of the Draft North Carolina Comprehensive State Rail Plan, the N.C. Department of Transportation has issued the Plan’s Executive Summary. The Plan is the passenger and freight rail implementation portion of the Governor’s 25-Year Vision Plan and feeds directly into the Draft State Transportation Improvement Plan which was released on Dec. 4. The release of the Executive Summary will give the public an opportunity to preview:           ·         The vision for the state’s rail system and supporting goals and policies to improve the rail network; ·         The programs managed by NCDOT and how they work with other government and private sector programs to deliver a comprehensive set of rail services; ·         An inventory of the state’s rail system and an identification of trends, markets, and needs; ·         The prioritization of passenger and freight rail corridors; and ·         Future improvements and investments and an assessment of funding options. Next Steps The public draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan will be released in mid-February 2015. Once the draft Plan is released, a 30-day public comment period will follow. Comments on the draft Plan will be accepted through the project website. Once the public comment period ends, NCDOT will review all comments, address them accordingly, and make revisions to the Plan.  The final approval of the Plan is scheduled for June 2015.***NCDOT***
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12/11/2014: NCDOT Makes Improvements to Pitt County Rail Crossings

NCDOT Makes Improvements to Pitt County Rail Crossings

Posted 12/11/2014 3:20:12 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division has made crossing safety improvements at two intersections in Pitt County.   NCDOT installed crossing signals and gates where Boyd Street and Liberty Street intersect the CSX railroad tracks in Winterville. These projects, totaling $436,021, were paid for with a combination of state and federal funds. Maintenance funding for the projects will be divided equally between the state and CSX.      Two freight trains a day travel through the Boyd Street and Liberty Street crossings at a maximum of 25 miles per hour.   This project is 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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12/11/2014: NCDOT Makes Improvements to McDowell County Rail Crossing

NCDOT Makes Improvements to McDowell County Rail Crossing

Posted 12/11/2014 3:19:12 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division has made crossing safety improvements at two intersections near Marion.   NCDOT installed crossing signals and gates where Moody Town Road and Goode Road intersect the CSX tracks. These projects, totaling $363,660, were paid for with a combination of state and federal funds. Maintenance funding for the projects will be divided equally between the state and CSX.      Seven freight trains a day travel through the Moody Town Road railroad crossing at a maximum of 45 miles per hour, while 12 freight trains a day travel through the Goode Road intersection as a maximum of 40 miles per hour.      This project is 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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