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State gets small slice of rail money

North Carolina won just $4 million Monday out of the $624 million it recently requested in federal high-speed rail grants.

The Federal Railroad Administration said the state Department of Transportation will use the money to advance planning and finish environmental studies on a proposed new short-cut track from Raleigh to Richmond, for passenger trains that would run as fast as 110 mph.

Virginia to get small portion of U.S. high-speed rail funds

Virginia will benefit from a minuscule amount of the billions of dollars in federal funds available for high-speed rail.

NORTH CAROLINA’S AMTRAK PIEDMONT MID-DAY SERVICE FROM RALEIGH TO CHARLOTTE RESUMES REGULAR SCHEDULE BEGINNING APRIL 22

RALEIGHNorth Carolina’s Amtrak Piedmont service will resume its regular mid-day run beginning Friday, April 22.  Mid-day service was temporarily suspended and other schedules were adjusted since Feb.

NCDOT to suspend Raleigh Amtrak route starting Monday

The North Carolina Department of Transportation's 10-week suspension of midday passenger-train service between Charlotte and Raleigh, first announced last month, begins Monday.

Vice President Biden Announces Six Year Plan to Build National High-Speed Rail Network

The White House: Office of the Vice President

Plan Lays Out Vision for Long Term Infrastructure Investments Needed to Win the Future

Southeast High Speed Rail Project Comment Period Extended

Comments will be accepted until September 10, 2010

 RICHMOND — Due to the volume of comments received, North Carolina, Virginia and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have extended the comment period on the Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement which covers the portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor between Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC. Comments will be accepted on the document until September 10, 2010.

Virginia Submits New Applications for Federal High Speed Rail Funds

RICHMOND, Va., August 19, 2010- The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) today announced that the Commonwealth has submitted new applications for funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to advance development of the I-95 Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor. 

NC TRANSPORTATION BOARD SUPPORTS APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL RAIL FUNDS; AGREES TO PROVIDE STATE MATCHING FUNDS

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Board of Transportation today voted in support of the NCDOT’s application for $290 million of a portion of $2.1 billion in available federal funding by agreeing to provide up to $55 million in state matching funds should North Carolina be awarded the federal funds. The move is a key element in helping to develop high-speed passenger rail service and enhance the state’s intercity passenger rail service. 

The Southeast High Speed Rail Association (SEHSRA) is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit coalition of citizens, businesses, and community organizations that educate and advocate for the improvement and expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable rail service linking the Southeast.

 

HSR Facts

Did You Know?

That North Carolina and Virginia are investing over $713 million to upgrade the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor