With several rail corridors traversing the region, the MPO must work closely with the railroad operators, the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) and NCDOT's Rail Division to ensure the railroad lines are being protected and planned to efficiently utilize the 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.

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Fayetteville-Raleigh Passenger Rail Study (2020)    

This, recently completed, study was conducted by the Fayetteville Area MPO and the Capital Area MPO in cooperation with the NCDOT Rail Division. The purpose was to help define and determine the feasibility of passenger rail service between Fayetteville and Raleigh, N.C. Many of the rail corridors in the region have been studied in the last several years to identify a variety of safety and capacity improvements for both freight and passenger rail. As the region continues to grow the need to maximize the use of transportation corridors continues to expand. Other partnering agencies include county and municipal governments; councils of government/rural planning organizations; NCDOT Planning Division; and operators of existing passenger and freight services in the two study corridors (NCRR, CSX, NS). It was a high-level look at operational concerns for two routes, included passenger and revenue forecasting, and was a preliminary determination of feasibility and necessary next steps. A follow-on study could examine the specifics of rail service and station characteristics at a later date.

Raleigh-Cary Rail Crossing Study  (2016)

The Raleigh-Cary Rail Crossing Study was conducted through a partnership of CAMPO, the City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, NCDOT, GoTriangle, North Carolina Railroad Company, and Norfolk Southern Railroad.  This study examined the operational and safety performance of road/rail crossings between downtown Cary and NC State University. From this study, a range of alternatives were developed to improve a set of identified at-grade road/rail crossings along the rail corridor. 

NCDOT Statewide Rail Plan (2015)
Regional Rail Service

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.

There is also a Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) compact that includes a number of states.  For CAMPO, there are two segments of interest: Raleigh-to-Charlotte and Raleigh-to-Richmond.