Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is awarding the State of North Carolina a $58 million grant to invest in the Raleigh to Richmond Corridor Infrastructure Engineering and Safety Program, part of the Federal Rail Administration’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant program.
“This grant is a huge win for Wake County and the entire state of North Carolina,” said Senator Tillis. “The Raleigh to Richmond corridor project will improve mobility opportunities for the entire region, including underserved communities, and provide economic opportunity for generations to come. I am proud to have advocated for this project and look forward to the progress this will bring for both North Carolina and Virginia. I applaud Secretary Buttigieg for his investment in our great state.”
This grant will advance the development of the federally designated Southeast Corridor by providing preliminary engineering for rehabilitation and construction of the S-Line, a critical missing link in the Southeast network. Along with preliminary engineering design for the approximately 162 miles of S-Line from Raleigh to Richmond, the R2R Corridor Infrastructure Engineering & Safety Program would address some immediate safety concerns through the construction of an important grade separation on the active S-Line in North Carolina’s fast-growing Wake County.