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NCDOT to Hold Public Meeting on Murphy Branch Rail Line on March 11

RALEIGH -The N.C. Department of Transportation (Rail Division) will hold a public meeting to review results of the recent study of reactivating the Murphy Branch rail line between Andrews and Murphy (A2M- Rail Reactivation Study). The meeting will be held on March 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Enloe Building on the campus of Tri-County Community College in Murphy.

In November 2014, NCDOT completed the Draft A2M Rail Reactivation Study which evaluated the market and investment viability of returning rail service to the Murphy Branch rail line.

NCDOT representatives, consultants and public officials will be available during the open-house style meeting to provide information, answer questions and collect comments regarding the study and the project in general. Citizens are welcome to attend at any time during the meeting hours. There will not be a formal presentation.

NCDOT purchased the 14-mile-long Murphy Branch between Murphy and Andrews in 1988 from Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) purchased the segment between Andrews and Dillsboro in 1996, and operates tourist excursions and some freight interchanges in Sylva.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services or for additional information please contact James Bridges at (919) 707-4716 or jfbridges@ncdot.gov as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM