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12/12/2017: Short Line Railroad Grants to Improve Freight Service and Safety

Short Line Railroad Grants to Improve Freight Service and Safety

Posted 12/12/2017 1:47:27 PM

RALEIGH – Freight service and the safety of rail-highway crossings in North Carolina will soon see improvements as 12 projects receive nearly $6 million in funding through the Short Line Infrastructure Assistance Program (SIAP). SIAP is a component of the Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program that was established in 2013 by the General Assembly. The North Carolina Railroad Company also contributed and each approved project was funded based on the needs of the railroad, plus the impact of the proposed improvement. Awarded projects: RJ Corman Carolina Lines Joint elimination Signal upgrades Bridge upgrade Port of Morehead City Demolish and repair West lead track Replace switch Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Upgrades to four bridges Upgrade switches Rail replacement and upgrade switch Facility improvements Blue Ridge Southern Railroad Upgrades to five bridges Piedmont and Northern Railway Construction of transload facility in Belmont Carolina Coastal Railway Upgrades to seven bridges along NS and BH line Rail replacement, cross ties and surfacing Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad Rail replacement   Yadkin Valley Railroad Rail replacement Cross tie replacements Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Rail replacement Cross tie replacement Return track to service Port of Wilmington Rebuild intermodal Track 18 Rebuild intermodal Track 1 Atlantic & Western Railway, LP Upgrade four turnouts at Sanford Yard Alexander Railroad Upgrade of Statesville Yard track and switches ***NCDOT***
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11/17/2017: NC and VA Rail Projects Being Discussed at Upcoming Meeting

NC and VA Rail Projects Being Discussed at Upcoming Meeting

Posted 11/17/2017 11:06:16 AM

RALEIGH – Updates on rail projects in North Carolina and Virginia are expected to be among the topics when the Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High Speed Rail Compact meets on Nov. 29. The Compact was formed through North Carolina and Virginia legislation in 2004 to study, develop, and promote a plan for high-speed rail service through and between points in Virginia and North Carolina.  The Compact consists of five legislators from Virginia, four legislators from North Carolina, and one North Carolina appointee. Other issues to be discussed include updates on rail projects in both states, future federal funding opportunities, the Southeast Regional Rail Plan being prepared by the Federal Railroad Administration, and a discussion of the Compact and regional governance models for implementing passenger rail transportation. The Compact will meet at 10 a.m. in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Chief Engineer’s Conference Room at 4809 Beryl Drive, Raleigh. Those who have any questions or need additional information should contact Edward McFalls, Rail Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, at  ebmcfalls@ncdot.gov or (919) 707-4727. ***NCDOT***
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10/3/2017: Celebrate the Holidays by Riding NC By Train with Santa Claus

Celebrate the Holidays by Riding NC By Train with Santa Claus

Posted 10/3/2017 3:00:18 PM

RALEIGH — Families can celebrate the holidays by getting on board NC By Train’s popular Santa Train leaving from Charlotte on Saturday, Dec. 2. For one day only, come make some memories on this fun-filled trip featuring Mrs. Claus, carolers, refreshments, and Santa Claus himself! Tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so book early to reserve your seats!  Passengers can board the Santa Train at any of the stops listed below. To participate in Santa Train, tickets must be purchased as round trip: From Charlotte (CLT), Kannapolis (KAN), Salisbury (SAL), book your round trip ticket on Train #74 to High Point (HPT), returning on Train #75 Tickets for the Charlotte event can be purchased online by visiting NCByTrain.org or calling 800-298-7246.
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9/27/2017: Track Improvements to Affect Service in October

Track Improvements to Affect Service in October

Posted 9/27/2017 3:54:46 PM

Track improvements will affect Piedmont and Carolinian trains on the dates below. For reservations and information, visit Amtrak.com, use the free mobile apps, speak with station personnel or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Piedmont Service: Mondays, Oct. 2 and 23 Trains 73, 74, 75 and 76 will operate between Raleigh and Kannapolis only. Bus service will be provided to and from Charlotte. Buses 3074 and 3076 depart earlier: To enable Trains 74 and 76 to depart Kannapolis on schedule, the buses representing Trains 74 and 76 will depart Charlotte 15 minutes earlier than the train schedules. Bus 3074 will depart Charlotte at 11:45 a.m., and Bus 3076 will depart at 5 p.m. Carolinian Service: Mondays, Oct. 2 and 23 Train 79 will operate between New York and Salisbury only. Bus service will provided from Salisbury to Charlotte. Service will not be provided to Kannapolis. Train 80 will originate in Kannapolis. Customers boarding in Charlotte will be provided bus service to Kannapolis where they can board the train. Carolinian Train 80: Tuesdays, Oct. 3 and 24 Train 80 will operate between Salisbury and New York only. Customers boarding in Charlotte will be provided bus service to Salisbury where they can board the train. Service will not be provided to or from Kannapolis. Carolinian and Piedmont Service: Possible Delays Oct. 3 through Oct.  22 Starting Oct. 3 through Oct. 22, all Carolinian and Piedmont trains will operate normally (except Train 80 on Oct. 3 noted above), but may encounter delays of approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
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9/12/2017: All Aboard for the 34th Lexington BBQ Festival

All Aboard for the 34th Lexington BBQ Festival

Posted 9/12/2017 3:55:58 PM

LEXINGTON — Get ready for a day filled with North Carolina barbecue, live music and family friendly attractions as NC By Train gets you to the Lexington Barbecue Festival on Oct. 28, dropping you off just steps from the fun, thanks to a one-day special train stop. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend this free festival, which spans a 10-block stretch of uptown Lexington with 400 vendors and plenty of barbecue. It all begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. NC By Train’s Piedmont and Carolinian trains, which stop at seven stations between Charlotte and Raleigh, will drop off/pick up passengers in Lexington in the morning and afternoon. Get your tickets today and save 15 percent by visiting https://www.amtrak.com/ncsave15 (station code: LEX)! Getting to the Festival From Raleigh: Take the morning (6:45 a.m.) Piedmont 73 train or mid-day (11:45 a.m.) Piedmont 75 train to the festival. Both trains make stops at Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point and Lexington. The Piedmont 73 arrives at the Lexington Barbecue Hospitality Center at 8:55 a.m., while the Piedmont 75 arrives at the festival at 1:55 p.m. From Charlotte: Take the morning (7 a.m.) Carolinian 80 train or the mid-day (noon) Piedmont 74 train to the festival. Both trains make stops at Kannapolis, Salisbury and Lexington. The Carolinian 80 arrives at the Lexington Barbecue Hospitality Center at 8:01 a.m., while the Piedmont 74 arrives at the festival at 1:01 p.m. Getting Home To Raleigh: Take Piedmont 74, departing at 1:01 p.m. and arriving in Raleigh at 3:21 p.m., or Piedmont 76, departing at 6:16 p.m. and arriving in Raleigh at 8:36 p.m. Both trains leave from the festival and stop at High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham, Cary and Raleigh. To Charlotte: Take Piedmont 75, departing at 1:55 p.m. and arriving in Charlotte at 3:04 p.m., or Carolinian 79, departing at 7:37 p.m. and arriving in Charlotte at 8:44 p.m. Both leave from the festival and stop at Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte. For more information, visit the festival website at www.barbecuefestival.com. *** NCDOT ***
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