Study Overview & Purpose
The 450-mile Southeast Corridor is a comprehensive transportation network of air travel, roads, bus services and passenger and freight rail that runs from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta.
Higher-speed passenger service in this corridor, where trains can travel up to 110 mph, would decrease travel time, provide alternatives to highway congestion on I-85 and I-95 and improve connectivity for passengers in both the Southeast and Northeast.
North Carolina has two segments of rail that are critical to improving the Southeast Corridor: Charlotte to Raleigh and Raleigh to Richmond.
The N.C. Department of Transportation completed a series of safety and capacity improvements on the Charlotte-to-Raleigh segment in August 2017 and is currently seeking federal funding to build a rail line from Raleigh to Richmond.