NCDOT oversees rail projects all over North Carolina with an eye toward safety, efficiency and better connecting residents to their desired destinations.
Piedmont Improvement Program
The Piedmont Improvement Program is NCDOT's largest and most significant rail program encompassing a series of projects along the North Carolina Railroad Corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte and points in between. Read more.
Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program
The Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program, established in 2013 by the General Assembly through Senate Bill 402, utilizes dividends received by the North Carolina Railroad Company to support projects that improve freight service and the safety of rail-highway crossings in the state.Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Fund Projects (May 2016)
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Read more.
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.Visit SEHSR.org.