A new federal grant will provide about $76 million in funding to enhance rail transportation from Raleigh to Charlotte.
U.S. Rep. David Price, D-District 4, who serves as chairperson of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the grant in a statement on Aug. 22.
“I am pleased to see North Carolina will receive $76 million in grants to improve service along the Charlotte-Raleigh intercity rail line,” Price said in the statement. “These federal investments in our rail system will help provide a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation alternative for North Carolinians.”
As chairperson, Price oversees the subcommittee that appropriated $272 million for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program in 2018. $76 million of these funds were awarded to the N.C. Department of Transportation by the Federal Railroad Administration for improvements to the Piedmont line, which connects Raleigh and Charlotte.
The improvements include 13 new coaches that will be added to the line, a new station and improved facilities in uptown Charlotte, said NCDOT rail director Jason Orthner.