North Carolina

  • North Carolina is part of the Southeast Corridor, which includes various sections:
    • Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC;
    • Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA to Jacksonville, FL;
    • Richmond, VA to Hampton Roads, VA; and,
    • Raleigh, NC, Columbia, SC to Jacksonville, FL.
  • The high speed network in North Carolina will connect Charlotte and Raleigh with Richmond, VA and Washington, D.C.
  • The project envisions constructing about 100 new railroad overpasses to make the 162 mile segment completely segregated, eventually resulting in service similar to existing Acela Express trains operating in the northeast corridor.
  • Trains will travel at top speeds of 90-110 miles per hour, and an average speed of 86 mph.
  • The corridor is being developed incrementally, upgrading existing railroad right of way (total 480 miles of track).
  • Construction to improve the busy Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor began in summer 2002 to modify portions of track and install a new train control system.
  • Travel time savings of 75 minutes was realized with the new track improvements.
  • The Tier I EIS for Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC was completed in October 2002.
  • In 2010, NCDOT, VDOT and the FRA announced the completion of the Draft Tier II EIS, covering the portion of the Southeast Corridor between Richmond, VA, and Raleigh, NC.
  • The final Tier II EIS is expected to be completed by mid 2011. The Record of Decision is expected in late 2011.
  • The Richmond to Hampton Roads Draft Tier I EIS was completed late 2009.
  • The timeframe of 2018-2022 is the goal for passenger service to begin over the preferred alternative as identified by the SEHSR Tier I EIS, Washington DC to Charlotte, NC, dependent upon funding availability.



  • NCDOT submitted applications for stimulus money to fund 10 projects totaling $5.4B for track improvements necessary to develop the SEHSR corridor.
  • SEHSR Corridor was awarded $620M stimulus funding.
  • In March 2011, North Carolina received $461M in federal funds to begin work on HSR projects.
  • In Mary 2011, the SEHSR received $4M for environmental analysis on the Richmond to Raleigh section, advancing the goal of extending high speed rail service on the NEC into the southeast, with 110-mph capable service.


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