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8/27/2015: U.S. Department of Transportation to Study Future Southeast Railroad Network

U.S. Department of Transportation to Study Future Southeast Railroad Network

Posted 8/27/2015 4:44:13 PM

RALEIGH — USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced last month that a federally-led regional study will be conducted to develop a shared, workable vision for a Southeast passenger rail network. Secretary Foxx noted that: "A world-class passenger rail network in our fastest-growing regions is no luxury; it's a necessity. [The US Department of Transportation] will undertake a … planning effort to create a shared, workable vision for a Southeast passenger rail network that connects Washington, DC to Richmond, to Charlotte, to Raleigh, and to Atlanta. These are cities that --like their Northeast Corridor counterparts-- are business and population centers between which people need a travel option beyond crowded highways and airplanes." The planning process will help establish a common, long-term vision for intrastate and regional passenger rail services based upon existing conditions, projections of future travel demand, and the optimal role for the rail network with multi-modal connections. The study was awarded in response to a Statement of Interest submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) by the N.C. Department of Transportation on behalf of the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The study will build upon work already completed by these partners as well as the Virginia-North Carolina Interstate Rail Compact.  The study will be led by FRA and a consultant team with input from multiple stakeholders including state departments of transportation, state and regional economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, Class I, regional, and short line railroad operators, regional and select local planning organizations, select regional and local transit operators, and rail advocacy groups.  Through stakeholder dialogue and engagement, the study will develop an implementable vision for the role of rail in providing transportation options between growing business and population centers, and in promoting economic development in the Southeast. ***NCDOT***
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7/10/2015: July Rail Report Now Available

July Rail Report Now Available

Posted 7/10/2015 12:55:00 PM

RALEIGH- Check out the July Rail Report, featuring stories on: ·         NCDOT Crossing Safety Blitz a Success in Johnston County ·         N.C. to D.C. Train Trip with Our State ·         ASLRRA President Linda Darr visits Carolina Coastal Railway ·         PIP Milestones – Durham ·         Piedmont Passengers enjoy Wi-fi Service And more! To read the Rail Report, click here: Attachment
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6/4/2015: NCDOT Crossing Blitz a Success in Johnston County

NCDOT Crossing Blitz a Success in Johnston County

Posted 6/4/2015 9:33:50 AM

RALEIGH- On June 3, the N.C. Department of Transportation worked with local law enforcement to hold two simultaneous Crossing Blitzes in Johnston County.  The Crossing Blitzes were at the intersection of the railroad and Peedin Road in Smithfield and the intersection of the railroad and Ricks Road in Selma. Law enforcement officers passed out educational materials about railroad crossing safety to 632 motorists. In 2015 so far there have been 25 known grade crossing collisions and 13 known incidents of rail trespassing.  Participating Law Enforcement Agencies included: Johnston County, State Highway Patrol, Selma Police Department, Smithfield Police Department and CSX Police Department.  This Crossing Blitz was held in conjunction with the international event, ILCAD. The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) focuses on educational measures and the promotion of safe behavior at and around level (railroad highway grade) crossings.  
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6/3/2015: NCDOT Releases June Rail Report

NCDOT Releases June Rail Report

Posted 6/3/2015 11:30:10 AM

RALEIGH- Check out the June Rail Report, featuring stories on: The Southeast Corridor Meeting held in Raleigh on May 6The Raleigh Union Station Groundbreaking event held on May 8The NCDOT Board’s approval of an Operating Agreement for Piedmont and Northern Railway Line in Gaston CountyBlue Ridge Southern, North Carolina’s newest short line, receives FRRCSI FundingAndy Fletcher’s visit to the Raleigh Amtrak Station for the 25th Anniversary of the CarolinianCurrent travel deals and discountsPIP milestones and  photos To read the Rail Report click here:Attachment **NCDOT**
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6/1/2015: Have a safe summer by staying off the tracks

Have a safe summer by staying off the tracks

Posted 6/1/2015 12:10:46 PM

Raleigh- As summer break starts across North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Transportation 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. By being on the railroad tracks, you are trespassing and can be arrested or fined by police. Trains do not run according to a strict timetable. Freight trains run anytime 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. The train will likely hit you before you can get out of the way. This means that if you are on the tracks it is possible that a train would not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you.  So far in 2015, 9 people have been struck and killed in North Carolina because they were illegally on railroad tracks. In 2014, the total was 20.  All trespassing deaths and incidents can be avoided. It is never okay to be on the tracks. Always make sure to cross the tracks at a designated location such as an at-grade crossing, a bridge or an underpass. Please help us spread the word that railroad tracks are not safe and should not be used as shortcuts for any reason. Help us save lives by keeping off of the tracks.
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