Rail

N.C. DOT awarded $26.5M for rail upgrades

Posted on September 21, 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $26.5 million to the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve reliability and reduce delays on Amtrak service in eastern North Carolina.

The resulting improvements are centered in the area between Rocky Mount, N.C. and Petersburg, Va., and will improve service for both the Amtrak Carolinian line, which runs between New York City and Charlotte, N.C., and the Amtrak long distance trains that run between New York City and Florida. 

“This project will not only bring jobs to the region, but will also reduce delays between New York, Washington, Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating existing choke points,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Our new plan ensures both freight and passenger railroads can thrive while improving service, creating a win-win situation for everyone.” 

The project includes installation of new track and ties, crossovers and signals to alleviate rail congestion in this area and allow freight and passenger rail traffic to move more fluidly. The improvements will create more locations where freight and passenger trains can pass one another. 

The line connects with the future Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor in Petersburg and Raleigh, where trains will travel at 110 mph in the future.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Chicago Transit replacing airport escalator damaged in train wreck

The train wreck, which occurred in the early morning of March 24, 2014, when the operator allegedly fell asleep, injured more than 30 people and caused roughly $9 million in damage. The lead railcar had to be cut up to remove it from the escalator.

DART takes delivery of first streetcar for new service

The vehicle, which was a designed and built by Brookville Equipment Corp., will be the first streetcar in the U.S. that utilizes wireless traction power.

NJ TRANSIT marks Newark Penn Station's 80th year

Opened in 1935, Newark Penn Station is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The station was originally designed and still operates as an intermodal facility serving pedestrian, taxi, bus and private vehicle traffic generated by the more than 50,000 transit customers who use the station each day.

Calgary Transit trains, buses breaking down more often

Part of the problem is an aging fleet, according to officials. Calgary Transit placed a $200-million deal in 2013 to buy 60 new light rail vehicles; however, those vehicles will not be operational until 2016.

Alstom to develop zero-emission train

The new trains for Hermann-Hesse railway line will be completely emission-free. In times of increasing energy costs and higher level of pollution, the development of this technology is essential.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close