Under the federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, states are required to develop rail plans every five years and seek the public's feedback with the goal of improving freight and passenger rail service in the nation.
The state's Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the North Carolina Railroad Company collaborated on the study. The organizations also combined logistics, market analysis, return on investment and conceptual design when evaluating facility improvements and infrastructure.
To view the plan, visit www.ncbytrain.org/projects/rail-plan.html. Comments can be left at engagencdot.mindmixer.com/topics/20580/nc-comprehensive-statewide-rail-plan.