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7/31/2014: Piedmont Improvement Program Marks Major Milestones Along Raleigh-Charlotte Rail Corridor

Piedmont Improvement Program Marks Major Milestones Along Raleigh-Charlotte Rail Corridor

Posted 7/31/2014 9:15:08 AM

RALEIGH - Passengers along the Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor will be able to directly experience some of the benefits of the Piedmont Improvement Program following a project milestone last week. Thanks to the Duke Curve realignment project, passengers – and freight –will be able to travel at increased speeds near the Rowan/Davidson County line. Previously, trains in the area had to slow down for the curve and could only go at maximum speeds of 45 miles per hour, while after the improvements, passenger trains will be able to travel at up to 65 miles per hour. “This marks a significant step toward the PIP project’s goals of improving efficiency and travel times of trains along the Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor,” said Rail Director Paul Worley. Another milestone was also celebrated further down the rail corridor last week on the Hopson Road/Nelson Clegg project near the Wake/Durham County line. As part of this project, new switches were installed for the passing siding, which will allow for completion of the final pieces of this project. The Hopson Road/Nelson Clegg project is constructing a new 3-mile passing track and includes a new railroad bridge over Hopson Road. The Piedmont Improvement Program is a $520 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, which, along with $5.2 million in capital investments from the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR), aims to enhance the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.  ***NCDOT***
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5/29/2014: Kids Ride For $5 This Summer

Kids Ride For $5 This Summer

Posted 5/29/2014 10:45:55 AM

Kids out of school for the summer? North Carolina’s Amtrak is offering the perfect low-cost weekday family getaway. In June, July and August, children ages 2-12 can ride the train for just $5 each way in North Carolina. With six trains daily to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and nine other North Carolina cities on the Piedmont and Carolinian, there’s no shortage of fun destinations along the rail corridor. Take a day trip to have lunch and meander around a nearby historic downtown, or make it an overnight adventure with a hotel stay. Book your tickets today at ncbytrain.org. Promotional details: Up to two kids can ride for $5 with a regular full fare adult on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays within North Carolina. Offer is valid for travel June 3-August 28. Use fare code V812 when buying your ticket. Seating is limited. Advance reservations required. Not valid with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.
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5/27/2014: NCDOT’s Piedmont Train On Display at Streamliners at Spencer Railroad Festival

NCDOT’s Piedmont Train On Display at Streamliners at Spencer Railroad Festival

Posted 5/27/2014 3:28:03 PM

Raleigh - NCDOT will have equipment from its Piedmont train on display at the Streamliners at Spencer railroad festival May 29 to June 1 at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. Don’t miss your chance to get an up close look at the unique equipment used to transport passengers along North Carolina’s rail network. The following equipment will be on display: F59PHI locomotive #1755 “City of Salisbury” ·         NCDOT Piedmont locomotives are named for cities along the Raleigh-Charlotte rail corridor, and the number of each locomotive corresponds to the incorporation date of the city it is named for. Built in 1998 by EMD, the 1755 is a second generation F59 EMD passenger locomotive. The “P” stands for passenger, “H” for Head End Power, and “I” for isolated cab. 64-seat coach #400005 “Scotch Bonnet” ·         Named for the state seashell, this coach was originally built in 1965 for the Kansas City Southern RR as a 60-seat coach. NCDOT acquired the car in 1993 from the Chicago & Northwestern RR. It was completely refurbished in 1994 to a 66-seat coach configuration, and refurbished again in 2007. 56-seat coach #400012 “Carolina Lily”  ·         Named for North Carolina’s official wildflower, the “Carolina Lily” was originally built in 1964 for the Union Pacific RR as a 44-seat long-distance coach. The car was acquired by Amtrak in 1971 and operated for many years on Amtrak national system trains including the Crescent.  NCDOT acquired the car in 2010 and it was completely refurbished to a 56-seat configuration in 2013.  Baggage/Lounge car #400204 “Currituck Sound” ·         North Carolina’s baggage/lounge cars are named for the state’s largest bodies of water, the coastal sounds. The 400204 is named for North Carolina’s fourth largest sound, the Currituck Sound.  The car was originally built in 1953 as a U.S. Army hospital car. Amtrak acquired the car in the early 1970s and used it in various roles through the 1990s. NCDOT purchased the car in 2010 and completely refurbished it to its present baggage/lounge configuration in 2013. Additionally, Amtrak will have its Exhibit Train open for tours during the event, featuring photos, uniforms, vintage advertising and memorabilia from the beginning of Amtrak in 1971 to today’s modern sleeping cars and high-speed rail service. Amtrak’s Veterans’ Locomotive will be leading the Exhibit Train, honoring those who have served in America’s Armed Forces. Amtrak and the museum have partnered to offer a special fare for travel to the festival, valid between May 28 and June 2. Book your Amtrak travel at ncbytrain.org and get 10 percent off a regular adult coach seat on the Piedmont, and Carolinian. Use discount code V563. Terms and conditions apply. This offer is valid for travel to Salisbury, just a few miles from the museum, and return trip. Shuttle service will run between the Salisbury station and the museum. ***NCDOT***
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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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2/17/2014: 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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