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Public can weigh in on high-speed rail

Posted July 7, 2010 4:52 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2010 5:16 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation is taking the next step to make a high-speed rail line a reality.

Later this month, the department will hold public meetings in Franklin, Wake, Warren and Vance counties explain the results of an eight-year environmental study of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor from Raleigh to Richmond, Va.

The study shows options for where the corridor could go and explains how it might affect surrounding communities.

An open-house information session is scheduled for Monday, July 26, at 5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In addition, information sessions and public hearings will be held 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the following days and locations:

  • Tuesday, July 13, Northside Elementary School, 164 Elementary Ave., Norlina
  • Thursday, July 15, Southside Virginia Community College – Christanna Campus, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, Va.
  • Tuesday, July 20, Virginia DMV Cafeteria, 2300 W. Broad St. 1st Floor, Richmond
  • Wednesday, July 21, Union Station, 103 River St., Petersburg, Va.
  • Thursday, July 22, Sunnyside Elementary School, 10203 Sunnyside Road, McKenney, Va.
  • Tuesday, July 27, Aycock Elementary School, 305 Carey Chapel Road, Henderson
  • Thursday, July 29, Franklinton High School Gym, 6948 N. Cheatham St., Franklinton

In January, the White House awarded North Carolina $545 million in federal stimulus funds for passenger trains between Charlotte and Raleigh and for connections to Washington, D.C.

About $25 million of that goes toward rail improvements from Raleigh to Richmond.