Shot line railroad grants awarded

North Carolina

RALEIGH – Twelve short line railroads and the North Carolina Ports Authority will soon be making improvements to their rail infrastructure thanks to approximately $10.2 million in matching grant funds being awarded as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement program (FRRCSI).

FRRCSI supports rail infrastructure health, safety, and performance throughout the state, enabling NCDOT to partner with rail companies on improvement projects to move freight more effectively. This partnership helps railroads meet customer needs efficiently and in cost-effective ways while preparing them for growing service demands and partnerships with new businesses and industries. 

The grant funds contribute to nearly $20.4 million (total including funds from those below) in rail infrastructure improvements statewide. Funds awarded are as follows:

Aberdeen and Rockfish $390,000 for a project to modernize rail bridges in Cumberland County

Alexander Railroad Company $750,000 for two projects to improve the track, railroad crossings and expand truck/rail transload operations in Alexander County

Atlantic and Western Railway $430,000 for a project to upgrade track and switches in Lee County

Blue Ridge Southern Railroad $4,506,000 for four projects to upgrade track, railroad crossings, and bridges in Haywood, Buncombe, Henderson, and Jackson counties

Carolina Coastal Railway $2,196,000 for a project to increase low train speeds by improving bridges and track in Wake, Nash, Johnston, Wilson, Greene, Pitt, Beaufort, Washington, and Martin counties

Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad $1,865,000 for two projects to upgrade railroad track and improve bridges in Currituck and Camden counties, and construct a transload facility with upgraded turnouts in Pasquotank County

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad $1,922,000 for a project to upgrade railroad track and bridges, and raise the trackbed to prevent washouts in Jackson and Swain counties

Laurinburg and Southern Railroad $1,000,000 to improve track and switches in Scotland County

North Carolina and Virginia Railroad $747,000 for upgrades to siding tracks in Bertie and Northampton counties

North Carolina State Ports Authority $1,411,000 for two projects to provide rail upgrades and install radiation scanners necessary for transporting intermodal containers via rail at the Port of Wilmington in New Hanover County

RJ Corman Railroad Company $2,484,000 to upgrade crossings and track in Columbus County, NC, and Horry County, SC

Wilmington Terminal Railroad $1,191,000 to upgrade track in New Hanover County

Yadkin Valley Railroad $1,500,000 to upgrade track, switches, and bridges in Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Wilkes counties

The Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program were established in 2013 by N.C. General Assembly.

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