The N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division and the Triangle Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar are pleased to host the 2016 Southeast Rail Forum in Charlotte on March 16-18 to discuss ongoing freight and passenger rail initiatives in the region.
The forum – featuring U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and keynote speaker Corey Hill, executive of the Federal Railroad Administration – will include discussions on a broad spectrum of issues related to high-performance passenger, intermodal and freight rail.
Secretary Foxx will highlight what steps are necessary to move forward and build a stronger passenger and freight rail network for the Southeast Corridor. The U.S. DOT's Beyond Traffic study found that the Southeast is one of the fast-growing regions in the nation. Significant investment in infrastructure, especially passenger and freight rail, will be required for the region to grow and thrive.
Other forum sessions will highlight:
- The need for rail to support a growing region and economy
- The positive economic impacts of passenger and freight rail operations and investments
- Ongoing initiatives throughout the Southeast and associated challenges
- Governance issues on how to fund projects across state lines
State and local officials, Federal Railroad Administration staff, railroads,
Chambers of Commerce, MPOs, transit agencies and other industry experts will participate in panel discussions about projects and strategies that can assist in developing a vision and method to deliver better freight and passenger services to the growing population and economy in the Southeast.
The 2016 Southeast Rail Forum will host many experts in rail as well as local and state decision makers.
Learn more about the Forum