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Piedmont Improvement Program Marks Major Milestones Along Raleigh-Charlotte Rail Corridor

RALEIGH - Passengers along the Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor will be able to directly experience some of the benefits of the Piedmont Improvement Program following a project milestone last week.

Thanks to the Duke Curve realignment project, passengers -and freight will be able to travel at increased speeds near the Rowan/Davidson County line. Previously, trains in the area had to slow down for the curve and could only go at maximum speeds of 45 miles per hour, while after the improvements, passenger trains will be able to travel at up to 65 mph.

"This marks a significant step toward the PIP project's goals of improving efficiency and travel times of trains along the Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor," said Rail Director Paul Worley.

Another milestone was also celebrated further down the rail corridor last week on the Hopson Road/Nelson Clegg projectnear the Wake/Durham County line. As part of this project, new switches were installed for the passing siding, which will allow for completion of the final pieces of this project. The Hopson Road/Nelson Clegg project is constructing a new 3-mile passing track and includes a new railroad bridge over Hopson Road.

The Piedmont Improvement Program is a $520 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, which, along with $5.2 million in capital investments from the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR), aims to enhance the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Durham/Morrisville Railroad Improvements and Grade Separation

Duke Curve Track Improvements

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2/15/2018 5:23 PM

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