Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Raleigh, N.C., mulls HrSR options

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The Raleigh, N.C., City Council Tuesday failed to endorse either of two alternatives envisioned to serve the North Carolina capital with higher speed rail (HrSR), asking the state Department of Transportation for additional information on two proposed route options.

One route would run west of Capital Boulevard along Norfolk Southern tracks, while the other would run east of Capital Boulevard along CSX tracks. Council members seek more information about two hybrid routes that some claim would be “less harmful” to homes and businesses.

State DOT Rail Division Director Pat Simmons said after the public comment period ends Friday, DOT will look at all comments, including any alternate routes that are proposed.

The segment in question is part of an ongoing joint effort by North Carolina and Virginia to establish HrSR linking Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C. The route is part of a longer plan identified as the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, which eyes a reach as far south as Jacksonville, Fla., and also Atlanta.