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$520M Raleigh-Charlotte Rail Line Improvements On Track For 2017
WUNC – Jul 15, 2016
The state is expanding track capacity on the rail line connecting Raleigh and Charlotte. It’s part of the Piedmont Improvement Project, which received $520 million dollars in federal funding.  Traffic congestion is a serious problem in the tenth most populous state and increasing the number of rail cars will offer a reliable option for North Carolina’s rapidly growing population, according to North Carolina Rail Division Director Paul Worley…

State Transportation Leaders Hold Work Zone Safety Summit
NCDOT – Jul 15, 2016
In its continuing efforts to improve safety for both its workers and drivers, 50 N.C. Department of Transportation leaders from across the state participated in a three-hour work zone safety summit this week in Raleigh.  The goal of the workshop was to review recent incidents in work zones and to discuss solutions to better protect employees and contractors, while also highlighting railroad safety awareness…

East Coast Ports Get First Ships Via New Panama Canal (…Not North Carolina)
Maritime Executive – Jul 14, 2016
On Thursday, Charleston, South Carolina welcomed its first container ship to arrive via the new locks, the Hannover Bridge, and the port foresees a business boost from the expansion… SCPA says that it has a $1.3 billion dredging and capital improvement plan for the next ten years to continue to attract the largest vessels…

High-speed rail remains elusive despite $10B investment
The Hill – Jul 14, 2016
The prospect of a high-speed rail system remains elusive despite a $10 billion federal investment, lawmakers said Thursday.  High-speed rail has been hailed as a way to transform the future of the transportation system in the U.S., with President Barack Obama vowing that trains will be able to get passengers to their destinations more quickly than airplanes one day…