NCDOT breaks ground on S-Line rail project

NCDOT breaks ground on S-Line rail project Image credit: NCDOT

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has broken ground on the S-Line rail project, which is part of the Raleigh to Richmond Innovating Rail Program (R2R) and a major infrastructure effort to revitalize the Southeast Corridor of passenger rail. Formerly known as the Seaboard Air Line, the S-Line rail project will create a faster passenger-rail route between Raleigh and Richmond.

The S-Line rail corridor is a freight line, owned by CSX, that connects Richmond and Raleigh on the federally designated corridor. Once R2R is completed, the passenger-rail service will save more than an hour of travel time between the two cities. The S-Line project is part of the larger Southeast Corridor that serves Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia from Washington, D.C.

In December 2023, NCDOT secured Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP) grant of $1.09 billion to complete the initial phase of R2R, which includes construction on the S-Line rail corridor from Raleigh to Wake Forest. The grant marks the largest grant the NCDOT has received to date and the third largest grant awarded in the country under the FSP grant program in 2023.

Source: NCDOT