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Residents Hope Proposed Beachbound Train Makes Stop In Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Many Triangle residents go to Wilmington for a quick getaway. Soon, there could be a new way to get there.

The state Department of Transportation is considering offering rail service between the Triangle and Wilmington.

As part of an extensive public opinion survey, hundreds of people in Fayetteville filled out questionnaires Sunday indicating which of two routes residents there would prefer.

One suggested route would take riders through Fayetteville; the other would go through Goldsboro.

"To Wilmington, there's a lot of little towns that you have to travel through that slow you down, that you have to go around. I think it would be very convenient. If you wanted to go down to the beach for the day you could hop on the train," said Fayetteville resident Robin Hurmence.

Researchers at North Carolina State University will review the surveys and present their findings to the state.

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