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3/21/2014: NCDOT Begins Series of Rail Improvements Between Salisbury and Kannapolis

NCDOT Begins Series of Rail Improvements Between Salisbury and Kannapolis

Posted 3/21/2014 10:40:15 AM

Raleigh - On Monday, March 24, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin a rail project to add 11 miles of second track to the Norfolk Southern line between Salisbury and Kannapolis. Additionally, the work will involve upgrading some railroad crossings and permanently closing others, extending Kimball Road from Main Street to Center Avenue, and constructing a bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad tracks over Kimball Road. The project limits extend along U.S. 29 from Airport Road in Salisbury to 18th Street in Kannapolis. The $19.9 million project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of projects to improve the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte for freight and passenger trains. The construction of a second track will allow trains to pass each other more easily, which will in turn improve travel times for trains along the Raleigh to Charlotte corridor. Closing and upgrading crossings will help better separate vehicle and train traffic, improving safety. The estimated project completion date is Nov. 16, 2016. The impact to motorists will be minor until work on the crossings starts next year. Notices will be sent out to alert the public about road closures and detours. The crossings that will be permanently closed as part of this project are: ·         Reid Farm Road  (Salisbury) ·         Mount Hope Church Road (China Grove) ·         Tom Street (China Gove) ·         N. Central Ave. (Landis) ·         E. Mill Street (Landis) ·         29th Street (Kannapolis) The crossings that will be upgraded as part of this project are: ·         Webb Road (Salisbury) ·         Church Street (China Grove) ·         Centerview Drive (China Grove) ·         Ryder Ave. (Landis) ·         22nd Street (Kannapolis) ·         18th Street (Kannapolis) For more information about the Piedmont Improvement Program, visit the project website http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/pip/ .  
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2/18/2014: Save 15% Off Mid-Week Travel Until March 27

Save 15% Off Mid-Week Travel Until March 27

Posted 2/18/2014 10:17:59 AM

RALEIGH – Amtrak passengers can save 15 percent off adult fares on all mid-week (Tuesday – Thursday) travel to or from any North Carolina destination between Feb. 4 and March 27.   The sale is valid on the Palmetto, Piedmont, Crescent, Silver Meteor, Silver Star and Carolinian trains. This discount is also valid on the new Amtrak Thruway bus service to Eastern North Carolina, serving the communities of Greenville, New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City, Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville and Wilmington. The thruway service connects with the Amtrak Palmetto and Carolinian train service at the Amtrak Station in Wilson.   Tickets are available for purchase Feb. 3 to March 26. Reservations are required a minimum of one day in advance before traveling. The discounted fare is only valid on coach seats and cannot be used on accommodation upgrades. Tickets are non-refundable, seating is limited and blackout dates apply.   Terms and Conditions 15% off regular (full) adult rail fare Valid for sale February 3 to March 26, 2014 Valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - February 4 to March 27, 2014 Standard Blackouts apply 1 day advance reservation required Other terms and conditions may apply. You can book tickets at ncbytrain.org.   ***NCDOT***
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2/17/2014: Piedmont Improvement Program Celebrates Milestone with Laying of First Track

Piedmont Improvement Program Celebrates Milestone with Laying of First Track

Posted 2/17/2014 3:57:27 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Piedmont Improvement Program (PIP) celebrated a major milestone recently with the laying of the first section of track as part of the corridor improvements in Salisbury. PIP is a $520 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project to improve the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.    “This marks a significant step as we work to build a better railroad,” said Rail Division Director Paul Worley. “Ultimately, these projects will make train travel safer and more reliable, while better connecting major economic regions of our state and enhancing opportunities for job growth and commercial development.”     The track serves as a temporary rail bypass to allow for construction of a new railroad bridge over Klumac Road in downtown Salisbury. Known as the Klumac Road Grade Separation Project, the new bridge will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion by separating train and vehicle traffic.   The project also involves removing the railroad crossing at Klumac Road and constructing a half-mile of the road on new location to tie in to the intersection of Mooresville Road and South Main Street. Construction on the project began in May 2013, and is expected to be completed in October 2016.   Grading work in preparation of laying new track is currently underway at seven other locations along NCRR’s Raleigh-Charlotte rail corridor, which is operated by Norfolk Southern and hosts 10 daily Amtrak trains. In total, PIP involves approximately 20 projects along the corridor that will be completed by the fall of 2017.   NCRR has committed $44 million to fund the corridor improvement projects. NCRR’s funds are derived from its trackage rights agreement with Norfolk Southern, which operates its freight line on the NCRR. Currently, 50 freight trains and 10 passenger trains travel on the NCRR every day.   “The North Carolina Railroad’s partnership with NCDOT is key to developing the unique railroad assets for the good of the people of our state,” said NCRR president Scott Saylor.   ***NCDOT***
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2/6/2014: NCDOT Working to Improve Train Travel in North Carolina

NCDOT Working to Improve Train Travel in North Carolina

Posted 2/6/2014 2:35:31 PM

RALEIGH – The Piedmont Improvement Program – a $520 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded project to improve the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte – is one way the N.C. Department of Transportation is working to better the economies of communities across the state, as highlighted in a new video.   In the video, Salisbury Mayor Pro-Tem Maggie Blackwell explains how the program will benefit her town as one of the communities along the corridor.   Key facets of the project include safety improvements, the addition of miles of second track to allow freight and passenger trains to pass one another, and the construction of the Raleigh Union Station.   Watch the video to learn more about what the Piedmont Improvement Program entails, and how it will make train travel better than ever for passengers, industry and communities in North Carolina.     
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1/29/2014: NC Passenger Train Schedules Impacted by Snowstorm

NC Passenger Train Schedules Impacted by Snowstorm

Posted 1/29/2014 10:40:49 AM

Raleigh—Some North Carolina passenger trains have been impacted by the snowstorm, and train passengers may encounter modest weather-related delays for train travel today. Passengers can also check the status of their train with our train status locator, available on the main page of ncbytrain.org. The following is an update on train schedules: • Piedmont trains 73 and 74 are annulled entirely today. No substitute transportation will be provided. Amtrak notified booked passengers Tuesday night. • Carolinian trains 79 and 80 and Piedmont trains 75 and 76 will operate on their normal schedules with minimum delays expected. • Amtrak long-distance trains will also operate on their normal schedules through NC, however, some delays are expected. • All NC train stations will be open during normal hours. For updates and information on train travel in North Carolina, visit ncbytrain.org or follow us on Twitter. ***NCDOT***
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