141 Miles of Rail for Raleigh-Durham Triangle

A feasibility study released last week shows that a 141 mile transit system could be built on existing right-of-ways in the Triangle for $1 billion, a fraction of the proposed budget for transit in the region through 2035.
October 10, 2008, 12pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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"The passenger trains would operate during morning and evening rush hours and could dovetail with another rail system in the Triangle that's under consideration, company officials said.

The state-owned private company owns a rail corridor running from Morehead City on the coast to Charlotte. It commissioned the 11-month-long study to determine the cost and feasibility of running commuter trains on its tracks along with existing freight and long-distance Amtrak passenger trains. Its consultant looked at a system with 29 stops in seven counties and 13 trains.

The next step, railroad officials said, would be for someone to undertake a ridership study to determine demand for the service."

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Published on Friday, October 10, 2008 in The News Observer
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