Charlotte to Raleigh
The Charlotte to Raleigh rail improvements, known as the
Piedmont Improvement Program, included adding up to two daily passenger-train round trips between Raleigh and Charlotte, building new bridges for trains to cross over or under vehicular traffic and closing some railroad crossings. This project also included track, roadway, signal, station and equipment upgrades necessary for improved freight service and increased passenger rail service.
Specifically, the Piedmont Improvement Program involved:
- Building 13 bridges to carry roadways over or under railroad tracks to separate traffic from trains and improve safety for motorists;
- Adding 27 miles of parallel, or second track, on the heavily traveled corridor between Greensboro and Charlotte, making the entire 92-mile segment double track;
- Adding 5 miles of passing sidings between Raleigh and Greensboro to help freight and passenger trains move in a more reliable and timely manner;
- Building approximately 12 miles of new highway to facilitate the new highway bridges and remove railroad crossings;
- Closing more than 40 railroad crossings to eliminate the potential for train and vehicle collisions;
- Improving railroad curves for more consistent higher operating speeds;
- Installing remote controlled high-speed switches in five locations to allow trains to quickly move between tracks
- Renovating train stations in Cary, High Point, Burlington and Kannapolis;
- Refurbishing and adding passenger rail cars to the fleet; and
- Adding two daily passenger-train round trips – making a total of five daily – between Raleigh and Charlotte with seven stops in between
Raleigh to Richmond
The N.C. Department of Transportation is partnering with the
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to prepare a strategy to purchase both the in-service and out-of-service rail line, known as the S-Line, in North Carolina and Virginia.
In North Carolina this would connect Wake, Franklin, Vance, Warren and Halifax counties, allowing communities to quickly and productively commute to work while cutting 1.5 hours off the trip from Raleigh to Richmond. The new line would also provide another north-south rail route to accommodate growing freight and passenger rail traffic.
Long Bridge connects Virginia to Washington, D.C. over the Potomac River. Currently, it is a significant bottleneck for passenger and freight rail in the region with up to 90 trains a day crossing the bridge. The bridge is at capacity during peak hours, delaying passenger and freight trains.
Construction of a new 2-track Long Bridge would double the capacity of the current 2-track bridge and reduce congestion while allowing additional services to be introduced.