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5/21/2015: NCDOT Launches Wi-Fi on Piedmont Train Service on May 25

NCDOT Launches Wi-Fi on Piedmont Train Service on May 25

Posted 5/21/2015 12:52:44 PM

Raleigh – On May 25, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Piedmont train, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division will launch its new Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi Service. The addition of complimentary Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi will ensure complete wireless internet services to passengers traveling between Raleigh and Charlotte. The Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi service will allow passengers non-stop access to surf the web, check and respond to email, engage in social media and stay connected while traveling on the 174-mile corridor. “Railroads are an important part of our national transportation system, and ensuring passenger safety, efficiency and connectivity on the Piedmont corridor will lead to economic opportunities for the regions of Raleigh and Charlotte and the cities, towns and communities in between,” said Paul Worley, NCDOT Rail Director. “We see a growing trend in ridership on regional trains like the Piedmont, with over 300 passengers a day. We believe by deploying new Wi-Fi services we can increase passenger satisfaction and attract new customers.” The Carolinian train, also supported by NCDOT, already features Wi-Fi service.  NCDOT is modernizing the Piedmont corridor through a series of projects and enhancements known as the Piedmont Improvement Program. The focus of PIP is to make train travel safer, more reliable and better connected. The addition of complimentary Wi-Fi as a standard service on Piedmont trains will enhance the overall quality of experience for passengers, potentially increase ridership due to the availability of Wi-Fi and provide extra layers of railway safety in the future by supporting train control and monitoring systems. This Wi-Fi service provider is ViaSat Managed Wi-Fi Services of Carlsbad, California. ViaSat’s system includes complete coverage of the Piedmont corridor, optimizing Wi-Fi and internet availability to passengers.  
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5/14/2015: NCDOT Rail Division to Close a Portion of Pomeroy Street for Sewer Line Installation in Alamance County

NCDOT Rail Division to Close a Portion of Pomeroy Street for Sewer Line Installation in Alamance County

Posted 5/14/2015 8:51:39 AM

GREENSBORO —The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a small portion of Pomeroy Street in Graham this weekend while crews install a new sewage line under the roadway. The work will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and is expected to be completed by 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. During the brief closure, motorists will use Hanover Road, Rivers Street and South Graham Hopedale Road as the 1.1 mile signed detour route. Once complete, the sewage line installation will help expedite work scheduled to take place later in the year at the same location. The construction is a part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, which is NCDOT's largest and most significant rail program encompassing a series of projects along the North Carolina Railroad Corridor. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. 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. Graham to Haw River Railroad Improvements
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5/13/2015: NCDOT Rail Division Director Statement on Crash of Amtrak Train 188

NCDOT Rail Division Director Statement on Crash of Amtrak Train 188

Posted 5/13/2015 11:30:34 AM

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division Director Paul Worley has released a statement about the crash of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers, crew, family and friends of Amtrak Train 188. We are always very thankful and appreciative of the first responder teams who serve us so well,” Worley said. The impact to the Carolinian train schedule operating to and from North Carolina is as follows: Southbound Carolinian (Train 79) operating from Philadelphia to Charlotte with no alternate transportation between New York City and Philadelphia. Northbound Carolinian (Train 80) operating to Philadelphia with no alternate transportation between New York City and Philadelphia. The impact to Amtrak long distance trains that serve North Carolina is as follows: Palmetto (Trains 89 and 90) operating same as the Carolinian. Northbound Silver Meteor (Train 97) will turn at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station and become the southbound Silver Star (Train 92). The northbound Crescent (Train 20) will turn at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station as well and become southbound Crescent (Train 19). Northbound Silver Star (Train 92) will turn at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station and become the southbound Silver Meteor (Train 97). For up to date schedule information, check the North Carolina’s Amtrak Facebook page or follow North Carolina’s Amtrak on Twitter.
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5/8/2015: The Carolinian Celebrates 25 Years of Service May 9 and May 11

The Carolinian Celebrates 25 Years of Service May 9 and May 11

Posted 5/8/2015 9:18:48 AM

RALEIGH-North Carolina’s Amtrak is celebrating the anniversary of the Carolinian passenger rail service with special activities in stations throughout the state on May 9 and May 11. The Carolinian, which operates daily between New York City and Charlotte, is celebrating its 25th year of continuous daily service..  “This is a momentous milestone for the Carolinian” said Paul Worley, Rail Division Director. Over the past 25 years we have improved stations, added capacity and focused on customer service.  This has enabled us to grow the Carolinian route to where it is today.  The Carolinian is an optimal transportation choice in North Carolina and between North Carolina and markets throughout the Northeast” explained Worley.  Services on the Charlotte to New York Carolinian and Raleigh to Charlotte Piedmont service have grown exponentially throughout the last two decades. There are now three daily departures and arrivals along the Raleigh to Charlotte corridor, serving almost 500,000 annual passengers.  The success of these trains can largely be attributed to the critical support provided by communities across North Carolina. Volunteers at stations along the route will host activities and offer refreshments to passengers in observance of the anniversary. Celebrations at each station will also include Amtrak Train Days festivities to celebrate what trains such as the Carolinian mean to America’s transportation system and reasons to ride.  NCDOT encourages citizens to visit stations throughout the day to ride the train and for complimentary souvenirs. Amtrak Stations that will feature anniversary activities include:  Rocky Mount, Wilson, Selma, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte. Reservations to ride the train can easily be arranged through ncbytrain.org on a computer or smartphone or the Amtrak app. To celebrate, the spring and coming summer seasons, the ever-popular “Kids Ride for $5” will be offered mid-week (Tuesdays - Thursdays) all month and on the weekend of May 9-11. This opportunity is becoming an annual tradition for many North Carolina families to ride the rails and spend time together. Use discount code V615 when purchasing your ticket through this promotion. For more details on the events, please contact Teshena DeBrew, Customer Service Manager, at tdebrew@ncdot.gov or visit ncbytrain.org.
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5/8/2015: NCDOT helps break ground on Raleigh Union Station

NCDOT helps break ground on Raleigh Union Station

Posted 5/8/2015 8:39:51 AM

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane led a contingent of officials at a groundbreaking ceremony today for Raleigh Union Station, the new passenger rail station in downtown Raleigh. The ceremony was held at the former Dillon Supply Company Warehouse at 510 W. Martin Street in Downtown Raleigh.   “Raleigh Union Station will allow us to better meet current and future rail needs and provide multimodal connectivity that is critical to the mobility and vitality of this region,” Secretary Tata said. “Investing in rail improvements like this plays an important role in attracting new opportunities for our communities and ensuring our state’s long-term success, and NCDOT remains committed to working with our partners to make this project a reality.”   Secretary Tata was joined at the event by Gov. McCrory, Mayor McFarlane, Congressman Price, and Carlos Monje, assistant secretary for transportation policy for the USDOT.   “Our administration is committed to investing in infrastructure and transportation to help connect all regions of North Carolina with jobs and opportunity,” said Governor McCrory. “Breaking ground on Raleigh’s Union Station is one more example of how the state is working with cities and local communities to achieve this goal. This multi-modal transit station will create jobs and connect people throughout our state for generations to come.”   Raleigh Union Station is a joint initiative of NCDOT‘s Rail Division and the City of Raleigh, with assistance from Go Triangle. Scheduled to open in 2017, Raleigh Union Station is a part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, which is a series of improvements to the railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte that will increase capacity, efficiency and safety.   The new passenger rail station will replace the existing Amtrak Station on Cabarrus Street, which routinely experiences overcrowding and lacks the adequate platform size to serve longer trains. Raleigh Union Station has been contemplated in planning documents since the 1990s and is a significant component in the City’s draft Downtown master plan. This project is anticipated to stimulate additional development in the city’s warehouse district on the west end of Downtown.   “The Union Station project stands to change the economic development potential of the Warehouse District; the station will replace what is currently an under-utilized collection of warehouses and vacant land with a new city landmark that will not only serve as a multi-modal transportation hub but also a civic space with potential for special events and expanded dining and entertainment options downtown” said Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.   On March 3, the Raleigh City Council authorized proceeding with a modified scope and funding package for Raleigh Union Station. The recommended plan meets the City’s goals and maintains many of the elements included in the “full-build option” presented to the Council by City staff on January 20. The plan increases the funds available for contingencies, and retains the project’s signature design elements, retail and civic spaces, and higher efficiency equipment.   The total budget for the Raleigh Union Station project is $79.8 million, with an additional $1 million held in reserve. The City’s total contribution to the project will be $18 million to $19 million. NCDOT has contributed $9 million in state matching funds, and facilitated the redirection of $15 million dollars in Federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds. The City of Raleigh is the recipient of two grants from the USDOT TIGER program (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) totaling $38 million.
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