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7/10/2015: July Rail Report Now Available

July Rail Report Now Available

Posted 7/10/2015 12:55:00 PM

RALEIGH- Check out the July Rail Report, featuring stories on: ·         NCDOT Crossing Safety Blitz a Success in Johnston County ·         N.C. to D.C. Train Trip with Our State ·         ASLRRA President Linda Darr visits Carolina Coastal Railway ·         PIP Milestones – Durham ·         Piedmont Passengers enjoy Wi-fi Service And more! To read the Rail Report, click here: Attachment
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6/4/2015: NCDOT Crossing Blitz a Success in Johnston County

NCDOT Crossing Blitz a Success in Johnston County

Posted 6/4/2015 9:33:50 AM

RALEIGH- On June 3, the N.C. Department of Transportation worked with local law enforcement to hold two simultaneous Crossing Blitzes in Johnston County.  The Crossing Blitzes were at the intersection of the railroad and Peedin Road in Smithfield and the intersection of the railroad and Ricks Road in Selma. Law enforcement officers passed out educational materials about railroad crossing safety to 632 motorists. In 2015 so far there have been 25 known grade crossing collisions and 13 known incidents of rail trespassing.  Participating Law Enforcement Agencies included: Johnston County, State Highway Patrol, Selma Police Department, Smithfield Police Department and CSX Police Department.  This Crossing Blitz was held in conjunction with the international event, ILCAD. The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) focuses on educational measures and the promotion of safe behavior at and around level (railroad highway grade) crossings.  
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6/3/2015: NCDOT Releases June Rail Report

NCDOT Releases June Rail Report

Posted 6/3/2015 11:30:10 AM

RALEIGH- Check out the June Rail Report, featuring stories on: The Southeast Corridor Meeting held in Raleigh on May 6The Raleigh Union Station Groundbreaking event held on May 8The NCDOT Board’s approval of an Operating Agreement for Piedmont and Northern Railway Line in Gaston CountyBlue Ridge Southern, North Carolina’s newest short line, receives FRRCSI FundingAndy Fletcher’s visit to the Raleigh Amtrak Station for the 25th Anniversary of the CarolinianCurrent travel deals and discountsPIP milestones and  photos To read the Rail Report click here:Attachment **NCDOT**
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6/1/2015: Have a safe summer by staying off the tracks

Have a safe summer by staying off the tracks

Posted 6/1/2015 12:10:46 PM

Raleigh- As summer break starts across North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to remind parents and students of the dangers and legal issues of walking along, playing on or taking pictures on railroad tracks. Railroad tracks and the land along them, known as the “right of way”, are privately owned by the railroad companies. By being on the railroad tracks, you are trespassing and can be arrested or fined by police. Trains do not run according to a strict timetable. Freight trains run anytime and passenger trains can be delayed and show up unexpectedly.  Always expect a train at any time from either direction. There is no safe time to be on the tracks, ever.  Trains cannot stop quickly to avoid hitting someone on the tracks, and they certainly cannot swerve. The train will likely hit you before you can get out of the way. This means that if you are on the tracks it is possible that a train would not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you.  So far in 2015, 9 people have been struck and killed in North Carolina because they were illegally on railroad tracks. In 2014, the total was 20.  All trespassing deaths and incidents can be avoided. It is never okay to be on the tracks. Always make sure to cross the tracks at a designated location such as an at-grade crossing, a bridge or an underpass. Please help us spread the word that railroad tracks are not safe and should not be used as shortcuts for any reason. Help us save lives by keeping off of the tracks.
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5/21/2015: NCDOT Launches Wi-Fi on Piedmont Train Service on May 25

NCDOT Launches Wi-Fi on Piedmont Train Service on May 25

Posted 5/21/2015 10:30:00 AM

Raleigh – In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Piedmont train, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division has launched its new Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi Service. The addition of complimentary Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi will ensure complete wireless internet services to passengers traveling between Raleigh and Charlotte. The Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi service will allow passengers non-stop access to surf the web, check and respond to email, engage in social media and stay connected while traveling on the 174-mile corridor. “Railroads are an important part of our national transportation system, and ensuring passenger safety, efficiency and connectivity on the Piedmont corridor will lead to economic opportunities for the regions of Raleigh and Charlotte and the cities, towns and communities in between,” said Paul Worley, NCDOT Rail Director. “We see a growing trend in ridership on regional trains like the Piedmont, with over 300 passengers a day. We believe by deploying new Wi-Fi services we can increase passenger satisfaction and attract new customers.” The Carolinian train, also supported by NCDOT, already features Wi-Fi service.  NCDOT is modernizing the Piedmont corridor through a series of projects and enhancements known as the Piedmont Improvement Program. The focus of PIP is to make train travel safer, more reliable and better connected. The addition of complimentary Wi-Fi as a standard service on Piedmont trains will enhance the overall quality of experience for passengers, potentially increase ridership due to the availability of Wi-Fi and provide extra layers of railway safety in the future by supporting train control and monitoring systems. This Wi-Fi service provider is ViaSat Managed Wi-Fi Services of Carlsbad, California. ViaSat’s system includes complete coverage of the Piedmont corridor, optimizing Wi-Fi and internet availability to passengers.  
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