Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation's Cary Rail Depot has been selected by OneRail Coalition as one of six examples from around the country that have demonstrated a high return on investment of both public and private funding for rail projects.
On Dec. 2 OneRail Coalition hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill where they highlighted successful passenger and freight projects from around the country. The Cary Depot was one of the six success stories highlighted at the briefing.
NCDOT Rail Division Facility Consulting Engineer Craig Newton shared with the attendees at the briefing how planners foresaw a need over 20 years ago and were therefore able to implement phased projects with limited funding in order to meet future growth in the Cary area.
The Cary Depot was developed using a model that was developed in the 1990s where small initial projects anticipate future expansion. This model has been used elsewhere in North Carolina and has proven to be successful in increasing ridership dramatically, especially when station facilities are improved.
"Cary Depot ridership growth has far exceeded our expectations. My hope is that this success will inspire other station projects in North Carolina and other states," said Newton.