SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Southeastern North Carolina Passenger Rail Study - July 2005 (895K PDF)
Southeastern North Carolina Passenger Rail Feasibility Study- May 2001 (216K PDF)
In May 2001, the Southeastern North Carolina Passenger Rail Feasibility Study evaluated three possible routes for rail service to Wilmington and the southeastern part of the state. The study indicated strong interest in passenger train service along the Wilmington-Raleigh routes and recommended that the department conduct more detailed analysis to help determine the best possible route. Study elements included: a station assessment, travel surveys, ridership and revenue forecasts, track capacity and signal improvements analysis, a rail improvement and port study, equipment and mechanical cost analysis and station conceptual designs.
In July 2005, the NCDOT released results of the Southeastern North Carolina Passenger Rail Study. The study reinforced earlier findings indicating significant interest in reinstating passenger train service to and from southeastern North Carolina. It also identified how track improvements would benefit freight rail service by adding capacity and reliability.
Of the four routes researched, two have merit for implementation. The report recommended: