Piedmont Improvement Program

Piedmont Improvement Program

NCDOT oversees rail projects all over North Carolina with an eye toward safety, efficiency and better connecting residents to their desired destinations.

The Piedmont Improvement Program is NCDOT's largest and most significant rail project. The purpose of the Piedmont Improvement Program is to enhance railroad tracks, stations and other facilities from Raleigh to Charlotte and points in between. Read more.

Corridor Preservation

The Rail Corridor Preservation Act, passed by the General Assembly in 1988, gave NCDOT authority to purchase railroads and preserve rail corridors, and declared it a public purpose for NCDOT to reassemble critically important lost portions of rail corridors by condemnation.

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Industrial Access

NCDOT’s Rail Industrial Access Program uses state funds to assist in constructing or refurbishing tracks required by a new or expanding industry to encourage economic development.

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Future Service

Over the past 15 years, The N.C. Department of Transportation has invested about $300 million in the state's intercity passenger rail service, including renovation or construction of train stations, track work improvements and corridor preservation.

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High Speed Rail

With tremendous economic and population growth, the Southeast needs a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation system. High-speed rail service will provide business and leisure travelers with a competitive alternative to air and auto for trips between 100-500 miles.

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