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High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Rail Passenger Service

 Total Federal Funding: $9.3 billion
 Estimated N.C. Funding: Competitive grant application process
 Estimated Local Funding:  ---
 Administering Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
 Overview: $1.3 billion to Amtrak, $850 Million to repair, rehabilitate or upgrade railroad assets or infrastructure and for capital projects that expand passenger rail capacity. $450 million for capital security grants.
 
Potential infrastructure support and/or grading for Airport Intermodal ($10 million).
 
$8.0 billion to Federal Railroad Administration to provide capital assistance for the development of intercity high speed rail service. The Secretary of Transportation must develop a plan for the use of these funds within 60 days and issue guidance 120 days later. N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has communicated their interest in pursuing the implementation of high speed rail between Washington, DC, and Charlotte. NCDOT is also likely to request funding for the other following projects in our area:
 
Charlotte Rail Improvement and Safety Project ($80 million) – This project grade separates the Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads next to the Archer Daniels Midland site on Graham Street and improves the North Corridor Commuter Rail operation.
 
Sugar Creek Grade Separation ($34 million) – This project removes the at-grade crossing with Sugar Creek Road, is necessary for future high speed rail service and would be beneficial to complete at the same time or prior to the LYNX Blue Line Extension project. Norfolk Southern and North Carolina Railroad both support this project and have matching funds to participate in the project.
 
Double-Track ($65 million) – 26.3 miles of the North Carolina Railroad between High Point, NC, and Charlotte.
 
Right of Way acquisition for the Charlotte Gateway Station ($7.5 million).
 
Signal improvements at the Charlotte station ($1 million).
 Eligibility: Grants will be awarded on a discretionary basis to states to fund necessary capital improvements to improve intercity passenger rail service. Grants under this program are awarded to the most meritorious projects as measured against statutory criteria. Priority will be given to projects that support development of intercity high speed rail service. These competitive grants are to be used to improve the speed and capacity of intercity passenger rail service and high speed rail corridors.
 
This is a new program that was approved in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008. There will be no matching funds required. Periodic reports to the Federal Transit Administration that will include information on spending and job creation will be required. Discretionary grants to states to provide capital assistance for improving intercity passenger rail service as well as maintaining existing passenger rail corridors.
 Local Funding Availability:  ---
 Contact Information: David McDonald, Transit Planning Manager
704-336-6900
 Amounts Obligated:  ---
 Job Creation/Retention:  ---
 Project Completion Status:  ---
 Tentative Public Hearing Dates:  ---
 Links for More Information: www.fra.dot.gov