North Carolina State Rail Plan Update

Defining Vision for Rail Infrastructure Across North Carolina
North Carolina

In compliance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2014 and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA), we are working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to update the North Carolina State Rail Plan, which was last updated in 2015. NCDOT is undertaking this comprehensive effort to determine the state’s passenger and freight rail needs over the next two decades. We are identifying projects that efficiently move people and goods while enhancing the state’s economy. In developing the Statewide Rail Plan, we are incorporating input from the railroads, industry, agriculture, government, and the public. 

25 to 30

years of defined planning in rail infrastructure and performance

The updated plan will define the state’s vision for rail infrastructure and performance for the next 25 to 30 years. The primary goals of the plan include setting a policy for freight and passenger rail transportation, establishing strategies to enhance rail service in the public interest, prioritizing state and federal investments in a statewide rail system, and seeking to realize economic opportunities by supporting existing and potential rail-served industries and businesses.

Read this blog to learn more about the statewide rail plan. 


North Carolina Department of Transportation


North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division


  • Planning, Consulting and Advisory


  • Transportation


  • Southeast