With several rail corridors traversing the region, the MPO must work closely with the railroad operators, the North Carolina Railroad Company and NCDOT's Rail Division to ensure the railroad lines are being protected and planned to efficiently utilize the rail capacity available for freight and passengers alike and to ensure that the interaction between rail facilities and other modes is managed to optimize efficient operation for all facilities.
The Capital Area MPO recently completed a Raleigh-Cary Rail Crossing Study to examine the operational and safety performance of road/rail crossings between downtown Cary and NC State University. From this study, a range of alternatives has been developed to improve a set of identified at-grade road/rail crossings along the rail corridor. The end result of the study determine the feasibility of corridor alternatives and their associated impacts. Click here to view the final report.
NCDOT also runs rail service through the region. The Raleigh-to-Charlotte route, the Piedmont, has a specific improvement program, including improvements in our region. Visit http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/pip/ for more information.
Union Station in Raleigh is under construction; read more at http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/raleighunionstation/.
Morrisville Parkway is being grade separated from the railroad tracks beginning in February 2016 and wrapping in the summer of 2016. Details are at http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/morrisvilleParkway/.
There is also a Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) compact that includes a number of states. For CAMPO, the Raleigh-to-Charlotte segment is covered by the Piedmont Improvement Program (above); the Raleigh-to-Richmond section is still being studied, with the Tier II Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) completed in September of 2015. For more on the SEHSR, visit the website, http://www.sehsr.org/.