High Speed Rail System On Track, Moving Forward

North Carolina is working on ideas to close roads and build bridges for a high-speed rail line that would carry trains at speeds up to 110 mph.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that a fresh round of public hearings begin Monday in Raleigh to give Wake County residents the chance to find out how they will be affected.

Hearings also are planned for Tuesday in Henderson and Thursday in Franklinton.

State Transportation Department officials want feedback as they refine a $2 billion plan to build the Raleigh-to-Richmond, Va., rail line. It's part of a Southeast rail corridor that will eventually connect Charlotte, N.C., to Washington, D.C., with trains traveling at top speeds of 110 miles per hour.


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  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Jul 29, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    The dem socialist in this country do not realize that this is not Europe. Even though they want it to be. Our country in too large and disperse to make rail travel practical. To be able to take this train you are going to have to drive to get to the station and drive to leave it?!?? Kind of defeats the purpose. But it is a chance to waste more money so I am sure the dems are all for it.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jul 29, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    I can see it now. Every retailer in the State, bulding new stores next to the track. Stores lined up for miles and miles. Then a runaway high speed train derails and kills 5000 people at once. But on the upside, look at all the deals you could buy as the cleanup took place.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jul 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM
    Oh and by the way... unless you plan on building all the grocery stores, deparment stores, and every other store next to railroad tracks, trucks aren't going away.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jul 27, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    They're also talking about something that you may not think is such an improvement if it happens. Even the red/green/blue line system here in CA has created about as many issues as it supposedly alleviates. Between the people thinking it's not a real train and either stepping or driving in front if it, and the sleezy environment it tends to embody... After trying it a couple of times when I worked in downtown L.A., I went back to the business commuter bus or my own car as an overwhelming preference. I have the same feelings about the BART in the San Francisco area but it's become a necessary evil. Why, well.. because there are so freakin' many people. Why are there so many people? Because they have BART. I haven't seen such a high speed system as this article refers to... but I'm imagining the issues that could come with it.....
  • by Skeeter Location: raleigh on Jul 27, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    They are talking about passenger trains -- not freight trains.
  • by John Location: washington` on Jul 26, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    great, I really love this idea. They should network the whole country and move away from large trucks for shipping and go back to trains.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    The state doesnt have enough money to run itself and they are looking at 2 bil for a rail system?
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Jul 26, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    A White House staffer?
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