Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina’

Contract Awarded for Charlotte Station Work

June 12, 2018

A $48.6 million contract has been awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build track that will serve the planned Charlotte Gateway Station.

The work will begin and finish by April 2022. It also includes building the station platform and related structures as well as preparing the roadbed for laying tracks.

Construction of the station will be handled under a separate contract that is expected to be awarded late this year or in early 2019.

The station will serve Amtrak, intercity bus lines, the Charlotte Area Transit System, taxis and ride sharing companies.

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Additional Piedmont to Start June 4

May 2, 2018

A third daily Piedmont roundtrip will be added between Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 4.

That will bring the level of service the two cities to four roundtrips a day, including the Charlotte-New York Carolinian.

The new Piedmont will leave Raleigh at 3 p.m. and arrive in Charlotte at 6:10 p.m. It will leave Charlotte at 7 p.m. and reach Raleigh at 10:11 p.m.

The Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by NCDOT and operated by Amtrak.

New Raleigh Station Dedicated

April 30, 2018

A dedication ceremony was held on Monday for the new Raleigh (North Carolina) Union Station.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said the facility will serve as a transportation hub and activity center in downtown.

The facility is expected to open in early June and cost $100 million to build.

The 26,000 square foot building will be available for public events. City officials expect restaurants and stores may open there in time.

NCDOT Complete Piedmont Rail Project

January 12, 2018

A seven-year project to rehabilitate a rail line used by Amtrak trains in North Carolina has come to a close.

Known as the Piedmont Improvement Program, it sought to upgrade the infrastructure used by passenger and freight trains between Charlotte and Raleigh. This included making the route safer and more efficient and reliable.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said more than 40 rail projects were completed. This included constructing 13 new bridges over or under highways to prevent train/vehicle collisions, laying 27 miles of double track between Greensboro and Charlotte, making the route between both cities now double track, and closing nearly 40 street-level roadway crossings.

The state also funded the addition of locomotives and passengers cars for Amtrak’s Piedmont service and upgraded four stations between Cary and Kannapolis.

“The Piedmont Improvement Program has put our state on the right path for the future by not only improving connectivity for passenger customers, but also serving as a catalyst for economic improvement through freight rail service, locally and nationally,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard in a statement.

Railroads participating in the program included Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Railroad Company.

NC Service Disruptions Set for June 26

June 15, 2017

More service disruptions are in store for Amtrak in North Carolina due to Norfolk Southern track work.

On June 26, Piedmont Service Nos. 73 and 76 will be canceled without alternative transportation being provided.

Piedmont Nos. 74 and 75 will operate between Raleigh and Greensboro. There will be no service to High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte.

The Carolinian will operate between New York and Greensboro. No service will be provided to High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte.

Piedmont Disruptions Set for June 19

June 14, 2017

Norfolk Southern track work on June 19 will result in the cancellation of some Amtrak Piedmont trains and a shortened route for other trains.

Trains 73 and 76 will be canceled and no alternative service provided. Nos. 74 and 75 will operate only between Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina, only.

There will be no service at the other stations served of High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte.

N.C. To Uprade F59H Locomotive Used on Piedmonts

April 11, 2017

An F59H locomotive used to pull Amtrak Piedmont service trains in North Carolina is going to receive rebuilding to make it more environmentally friendly.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a $39,000 grant to the Rail Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The money will be used to pay for the addition of additional technologies to the blended after-treatment system that was installed and tested on F59H locomotive 1859.

The BATS mitigates the four components of diesel exhaust that studies have found are harmful to humans.

The current system has migrated three of the four compounds to the EPA Tier 4 emissions level required for new locomotives. The fourth component, particulate matter, was lowered to Tier 3.

The NCDOT Rail Division expects to reach the Tier 4 level for particulate matter, which will bring No. 1859 to the functional equivalent of a new locomotive.

North Carolina Trains Annulled on March 13

March 9, 2017

Track work being performed by CSX and Norfolk will result in cancellation of six Amtrak trains in North Carolina on March 12.

Annulled for that day will be Piedmont Nos. 73, 74, 75 and 76 and Carolinan Nos. 79 and 80.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said no alternative transportation is being provided. The track work is being undertaken in the Raleigh, North Carolina, region.

March 6 North Carolina Service Disruptions Set, State to Launch Free Bus Transfer Program

February 28, 2017

Amtrak will suspend service at Kannapolis, North Carolina, on March 6, due to track work being performed by Norfolk Southern.

north-carolinaAffected are the Raleigh-Charlotte Piedmont trains and the New York-Charlotte Carolinian.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that trains 73, 75 and 79 will operate normally to Salisbury. At Salisbury, express buses will operate non-stop to Charlotte.

Trains 74, 76 and 80 will originate at Salisbury with express bus service operating  non-stop from Charlotte to Salisbury.

The service advisory noted that buses will depart Charlotte 15 minutes earlier than the trains they replace.

In an another development affecting North Carolina Amtrak service, passengers boarding or disembarking in some cities will receive a free transfer to local transit buses.

Participating in the program are Salisbury Transit, Go Raleigh, Go Cary, Go Durham, Go Triangle, Greensboro Transit Authority, High Point Transit System, Concord-Kannapolis Area Transit (CK Rider), Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) and Higher Education Area Transit.

The program is set to begin on March 1 but could be delayed depending on when agreements are signed.

Salisbury Transit Manager Rodney Harrison said that the purpose of the program is to ensure that travelers aren’t stuck at a train station without a way to travel further in the city.

Harrison told the Salisbury City Council that Amtrak will reimburse the city for the bus transfers.

He also said that Amtrak passengers disembarking in Salisbury could also transfer to Rowan County’s transit service.