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4/1/2024



Rail News: Passenger Rail

NCDOT solicits input on updated plan for passenger-rail facility


Many key aspects of the previously proposed design have changed. The facility will not cross Summit Avenue and will be located entirely on property previously purchased by NCDOT for the purpose of building the facility.
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has revised its plans for a proposed passenger-rail facility to be located in Charlotte.

The proposed facility will help bring modern trains and improved intercity passenger-rail service to the city's Uptown area, NCDOT officials said in a press release.

After hearing concerns from community members and stakeholders, the department altered its plans and is now seeking comments on the updated proposal through April 25.

"[W]e were able to reduce the footprint of the facility to make sure we’re matching the community’s vision and needs while maintaining operational function," said Jason Orthner, director of the NCDOT Rail Division.

Many key aspects of the previously proposed design have changed. The facility will not cross Summit Avenue and will be located entirely on property previously purchased by NCDOT for the purpose of building the facility.

NCDOT also proposed putting in vegetative buffers along the boundaries with adjoining neighbors, and landscaping at Summit Avenue is proposed along the facility border.

Final engineering plans for the facility are anticipated for completion in 2026.

The new Charlotte passenger-rail facility will serve the future Charlotte Gateway Station to meet the city's plan to bring passenger-rail service to Uptown. The Charlotte Gateway Station and the connected passenger-rail facility projects have been conceptualized, designed and incrementally implemented in partnership with the city since the early 2000s.



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