GTP To Build Rail System

Officials at the Global TransPark in Kinston say they are only months away from getting going on building railroad tracks.

GTP officials say construction on a railway into the TransPark will start no later than early 2010 and will be finished no later than January 2012. The track will 5.8 miles long, including a railway bridge and ten roadway crossings.

While the tracks are going up to fit the needs of Spirit Aerosystems, officials all other TransPark tenants will benefit as well.

"The coming of Spirit AeroSystems served as the catalyst for this rail construction. But it is being designed to serve the needs of any Global TransPark tenant, existing or prospective, that might need rail to service its business," said Jason Orthner, a civil engineer from the N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division.

Spirit Aerosystems is constructing a massive facility at the GTP, expected to open next year.


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  • by alexx Location: deep run on Dec 11, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    it great for the cf harvey parkway pluse that ext with 12 overpasses includen
  • by Justin Location: Grimesland on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    The largest non military runway on the east coast, that hardly brings in revenue to the locals. How do they justify spending our taxpayers dollars to pad somebody else's wallets. Too many Yes men out there.
  • by Bill Location: Kinston on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Please help me understand. Kinston is a highly stressed city at the present. But 35 people from Kinston were sent to Tampa this week for the All American City campaign. The police force is getting a 5% pay cut. Who makes these decisions in Kinston. Spirit Aviation will not be heard of in two years at the GTP. They are a fly by night operation in a stale economy. Where is the reasoning here.
  • by jojo on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    I said 20 years ago they need rail there for it to grow. No wonder this country going backwards. To many know it all politicians
  • by AirBorne Ranger Location: Winterville, NC on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    While I agree with the need to build this railroad spur to GTP in order to support Spirit AeroSystems and the "other" whoever they may be tenants, I do not agree with the cost associated with this 5.8 mile long spur. Estimated cost will run around 30-35 million and no doubt will have overruns in it. FOLKS, THAT IS 5 MILLION A MILE!!! Ridiculous for a 60 ft right-of-way. Ever who agreed to that needs to have his/her head examined. Somebody is padding their wallets BIGTIME. Bunch of crooks getting richer off of the taxpayer dollars.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 19, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    This was supposed to be a "Globle" trans park. Citizens were taxed for working capitol. Now that they have a "PARK" they want better roads (Stimilus money) and want to build a railroad track. Wonder where the money is coming from? When will someone show the public that this project has a RETURN ON INVESTMENT?
  • by tugger Location: New Bern on Jun 19, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    This is part of North Carolina commitment for a high speed rail system. Current railroads in NC will not support this type of rail. The state has a goal of making one from Morehead to the mountains with connections to Wilmington, Charlotte and other north/south lines. It is alreay happening as the rails from Goldsboro to Morehead have been upgraded. I am involved in shipping and the rails are needed if we are to compete with Norfolk, Charleston, etc. They have them and they are being used everyday. Bosch in New Bern built a multimillion dollar plant hired thousands of people after the state promised to build a connector to HWY70. I'm not a fan of the GTP but a company has commited millions of dollars and jobs so they need the infrastructure. States have to give business incentives to bring jobs here. If we don't other states will. Thats how the game is played.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 19, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    How many citizens property will be stolen with this move? Spirit Aero Systems will not save that sewer hole of a town called Kinston.It is like a dying rat, except everybody thinks they can save it by filling a few individuals pockets. I'm not naming names, but everyone that lives in Kinston know who they are. One of these clowns even had a freeway named after him.But hey, if the morons in the city council think that they can save Kinston by putting up their stupid little "Kinston, we're on the way" signs, well let them just go right on with their head in the sand.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 19, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    Your tax dollars at work!!!
  • by disgusted Location: all over on Jun 19, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    This is a close to robbery as you can get again with the Global Trans Park. Why do they keep doing this to the taxpayer.
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