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Chairman Price Announces $80 Mil Grant to NCDOT for Piedmont Raleigh-Charlotte Intercity Rail Service

May 26, 2020
Press Release

Raleigh, NC (May 26, 2020) – Today, Chairman David Price (NC-04) announced that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) received an $80 million grant for phase two of the Piedmont Intercity Fleet and Infrastructure Investments Project from the Federal Rail Administration’s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program, the largest of 12 awards made nationwide in this grant cycle. These funds build upon a prior discretionary grant award from 2018 and will enhance rail service by replacing aging equipment, purchasing new locomotives and passenger coaches, and facilitating a fourth daily round trip between Raleigh, Charlotte, and points between. In his capacity as then-Ranking Member and current Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, Representative Price helped secure this funding in the Fiscal Year 2019 T-HUD appropriations legislation enacted into law on February 15th, 2019 (P.L. 116-6).

“As our state grows and congestion increases on our highways, our transportation infrastructure must expand to reflect these new realities,” said Representative Price. “Federal investment in intercity rail has remained one of my top priorities as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, and NCDOT has long recognized that giving travelers multiple transportation options creates benefits for our economy, the environment, and our quality of life. These funds will enhance accessibility, safety, and convenience for North Carolinians in the fourth district and across the region.”

Background: The Piedmont intercity passenger rail service currently utilizes passenger cars manufactured in 1964 and 1965 which are some of the oldest in the country. These funds will purchase six new locomotives and 13 passenger coaches to replace existing equipment and builds upon a previous Federal-State Partnership award that acquired additional passenger coaches. This new equipment will not only meet safety and accessibility requirements, but improve quality transportation options by reducing cancellations, offering improved on-board amenities, and providing even more consistent service. Additionally, these funds will support a fourth daily round trip between Charlotte and Raleigh beginning in 2023.  

A full list of award recipients can be found here