The N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division oversees rail projects all over North Carolina with an eye toward safety, efficiency and better connecting residents to their desired destinations.
Carolina Connector Intermodal Terminal (CCX)
Scheduled to open in 2020, the state-of-the-art Carolina Connector Intermodal terminal will pull together various North Carolina transportation systems and serve as a global logistics resource to improve access to domestic and international markets.
Piedmont Improvement Program
Completed in 2017, the Piedmont Improvement Program is the N.C. Department of Transportation's largest and most significant rail program encompassing a series of projects along the North Carolina railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.
Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program
The Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program, established in 2013 by the N.C. General Assembly, uses state funds received within the Highway Fund and dividends by the North Carolina Railroad Company to support projects that improve freight service and the safety of rail-highway crossings in North Carolina.
Passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 1988, the Rail Corridor Preservation Act gives the N.C. Department of Transportation authority to purchase railroads and preserve rail corridors to reassemble critically important portions of rail corridors that have been condemned.
Rail Industrial Access Program
To encourage economic development, the Rail Industrial Access Program uses state funds to help build or refurbish tracks that are required by a new or expanding industry.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in future service involving North Carolina's intercity passenger rail service. Work includes the renovation or construction of train stations, track improvements and corridor preservation.
With tremendous economic and population growth, the Southeast needs a comprehensive, multimodal transportation system. High-speed rail service will provide business and leisure travelers with a competitive alternative to air and auto for trips between 100-500 miles.