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3/16/2015: NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

Posted 3/16/2015 1:35:20 PM

RALEIGH - Nearly two centuries ago, Raleigh was a very different place. The year was 1840. The state’s capital – now a bustling metropolis of shopping, restaurants and businesses – was a destination largely isolated from the rest of the state, separated by long journeys over unpaved roads and a lack of a navigable river for trade and transport.    This all changed on March 21, 175 years ago this week, when the first train chugged into town – a wood-burning steam locomotive christened the “Tornado” traveling on newly built wooden rails. With the arrival of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, a predecessor of what is today CSX Transportation, Raleigh was now connected to places like Richmond, Virginia that had once taken two days by horse or stage coach to reach. Overnight, Raleigh’s new rail connection began the transformation from a small town seat of state government to a fast-growing commercial, industrial and education center. Just as it did almost 200 years ago, the Raleigh and Gaston route today remains a key rail corridor. CSXT, which has grown to become one of the largest transportation companies in the United States, continues to provide daily freight service over the line, which serves as the origination and termination point of millions of dollars in products annually. The corridor is also designated as the primary path for the future Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor between Raleigh and Virginia. “The introduction of the railroad revolutionized travel and freight movement throughout our state and the nation,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “Nearly two centuries later, rail continues to play an important role in North Carolina’s multimodal transportation system, as well as supporting job creation, economic development and commerce activities that are critical to the future vitality of our state.” “Railroads have played a significant role in the development of the United States, probably more than any other enterprise,” said Cindy Sanborn, executive vice president-operations for CSXT. “From their earliest development of routes from eastern ports to inland settlements, railroads today are safe, reliable and fuel efficient conveyors of freight that drive North American commerce. CSX is proud to participate in acknowledging the first train to the great city of Raleigh and to have played a role in the city’s growth and prosperity.” “Railroads have historically played an important role in the growth and development of the City of Raleigh,” said City of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Rail has been a cornerstone of our infrastructure and has helped support the economic vitality of the region.  As the city looks to the future, rail will remain part of the city’s foundation for a multi-modal transportation network.” The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolinians to celebrate this special anniversary by riding the Piedmont and Carolinian trains at a reduced fare. Just book at the following Amtrak.com page for 30% off the purchase of a companion ticket when you purchase one full-price ticket on Saturday, March 21. NCDOT also invites the public to come by the Raleigh station for birthday cake and punch. ***NCDOT***
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3/4/2015: NCDOT Releases March Rail Report

NCDOT Releases March Rail Report

Posted 3/4/2015 1:15:31 PM

RALEIGH- Check out the March Rail Report, featuring stories on: • NCDOT seeking comments on Comprehensive State Rail Plan • Eastern Infrastructure Improvements Study presentation to Legislature • Recent milestones from our Piedmont Improvement Program • Expansion of Vehicle Detection Radar System Program at Railroad-Highway Crossings  • Training for new Volunteer Train Hosts  Read the Rail Report here: Attachment
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3/2/2015: NCDOT Looking for Input on Passenger Rail Awareness

NCDOT Looking for Input on Passenger Rail Awareness

Posted 3/2/2015 11:48:29 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a survey to gauge public awareness of passenger rail in the state. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing at the end of the survey to win four free round-trip train tickets within North Carolina. To enter, complete a brief survey about North Carolina’s passenger train services.  The survey is available online in English and in Spanish. The survey period will end on March 31. The drawing for the tickets will take place once the survey period is over. Winners will be contacted in April. NCDOT is in the process of evaluating improvements and upgrades to passenger train services and offerings. Feedback from the survey will help NCDOT provide the best service possible. NCDOT and Amtrak provide daily train service between Charlotte and New York City, called the Carolinian; and daily train service to and from Charlotte and Raleigh and cities in between called the Piedmont. To learn more about North Carolina’s Amtrak visit www.NCByTrain.org.
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2/18/2015: NCDOT Contractors to Temporarily Close Centerview Street in Rowan County

NCDOT Contractors to Temporarily Close Centerview Street in Rowan County

Posted 2/18/2015 8:39:57 AM

Raleigh — As part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, N.C. Department of Transportation contractors will be temporarily closing Centerview Street between Main Street and Harris Street in China Grove, in Rowan County.   The closure, originally scheduled to start March 1st, will now get an earlier start. The contractor has decided to begin the work on Monday, Feb. 23 and will now be completed March 23. The work is being done so crews can install a new water and sewer line. To avoid a long-term closure of Centerview Street until the second track is constructed, crews will reopen the road following this work. A future temporary closure will also be necessary to complete track work at the railroad crossing. Motorists traveling in the area can use the following signed detour route that will take them along Centerview Street, U.S. 29 Connector, U.S. 29 and North Main Street.   For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. You can also access NCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from your mobile browser. ***NCDOT***
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2/5/2015: NCDOT Contractors to Temporarily Close Centerview Street in Rowan County

NCDOT Contractors to Temporarily Close Centerview Street in Rowan County

Posted 2/5/2015 8:40:20 AM

Raleigh — As part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, N.C. Department of Transportation contractors will be temporarily closing Centerview Street between Main Street and Harris Street in China Grove, in Rowan County.   The closure is being done so crews can install a new water and sewer line. Construction is expected to begin on March 1 and be completed by April 1.   To avoid a long-term closure of Centerview Street until the second track is constructed, crews will reopen the road following this work. A future temporary closure will also be necessary to complete track work at the railroad crossing. Motorists traveling in the area can use the following signed detour route that will take them along Centerview Street, U.S. 29 Connector, U.S. 29 and North Main Street.   For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. You can also access NCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from your mobile browser. ***NCDOT***
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