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In 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation named the Southeast Corridor​ as one of​ the​ first five federally designated higher speed rail corridors in the country. The corridor is a network of passenger and freight rail that runs from Washington, D.C. to Jacksonville, Fla., encompassing D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. 

Rail provides a unique opportunity to address factors such as: 

  • Population growth
  • Highway and airport congestion;
  • Lack of competitive transportation options
  • Connectivity needs
  • Aging infrastructure and pollution

These challenges will increase as the Southeast is projected to see one of the largest population growths over the coming decades, while freight volume is expected to increase by more than 40 percent.

Energizing the Economy with Rail

New and improved rail infrastructure will help transport goods, reduce highway congestion, improve safety and expand connectivity for passengers and freight throughout the Southeast while connecting to the Northeast.

North Carolina is partnering with Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida to develop and promote a plan to finance, design, construct and operate an interstate rail service. ​

Freight benefits:

  • Affordability for freight movement and access to promote economic development in rural and urban communities 
  • Additional freight capacity, reliability and network resiliency 
  • Increased connectivity to domestic markets and international ports

Passenger benefits:

  • Reduced travel times
  • Faster and more reliable connectivity between the Northeast and the Southeast
  • Improved connections between growing rural and urban areas
  • Reduced highway congestion and improved productivity​​


9/30/2019 11:21 AM