Developed every five years in compliance with the U.S. Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, the N.C. Department of Transportation's Comprehensive State Rail Plan helps identify needs and guides investments in North Carolina's freight and passenger rail network for the next 25 years.
The Executive Summary, Comprehensive State Rail Plan, and Appendices were last approved and adopted in 2015. NCDOT is updating the plan, one that will clearly communicate the vision for North Carolina's rail system while supporting the state's goals and policies when it comes to rail.
The plan will identify a program of short and long-term strategic freight, passenger and rail safety investments for the next 30 years that support safe and reliable rail transportation and spur economic development statewide.
Stakeholder feedback is key to updating the Comprehensive State Rail Plan. This input helps the department identify the state’s rail needs and propose projects and initiatives to address those needs. NCDOT is working with representatives of railroad companies, local and regional transportation agencies, economic development organizations and industries in this effort.
Feedback from the public is important as well, and NCDOT welcomes your input. To provide your thoughts on the Comprehensive State Rail Plan, please see the project website at: https://ncstaterailplan.metroquest.com.