RALEIGH - In anticipation of the mid-February release of the Draft North Carolina Comprehensive State Rail Plan, the N.C. Department of Transportation has issued the Plan's Executive Summary. The Plan is the passenger and freight rail implementation portion of the Governor's 25-Year Vision Plan and feeds directly into the Draft State Transportation Improvement Plan which was released on Dec. 4.
The release of the Executive Summary will give the public an opportunity to preview:
The vision for the state's rail system and supporting goals and policies to improve the rail network;
The programs managed by NCDOT and how they work with other government and private sector programs to deliver a comprehensive set of rail services;
An inventory of the state's rail system and an identification of trends, markets, and needs;
The prioritization of passenger and freight rail corridors; and
Future improvements and investments and an assessment of funding options.
The public draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan will be released in mid-February 2015. Once the draft Plan is released, a 30-day public comment period will follow. Comments on the draft Plan will be accepted through the project website.
Once the public comment period ends, NCDOT will review all comments, address them accordingly, and make revisions to the Plan.The final approval of the Plan is scheduled for June 2015.