Could Winston-Salem Get a Passenger Train Line to Raleigh?

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Could Winston-Salem Get a Passenger Train Line to Raleigh?

December 7, 2023

Winston-Salem may get a passenger train line to Raleigh according to a recent press release.

On Tuesday, Senator Thom Tillis announced the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will receive $3.5 million from the federal government. The money will be used to develop plans for creating seven railroad corridors in NC, including a connection between Winston-Salem and Raleigh. Each corridor will be allocated $500,000.

The route would follow the existing railroad corridor between Greensboro and Raleigh, adding a connection to Winston-Salem.

 

NCDOT Passenger Train in Raleigh
Photo courtesy of NCDOT

BACKGROUND: In May 2023, NCDOT’s Rail Division submitted 12 railroad corridors to the Corridor Identification and Development program, which helps develop passenger train routes across the U.S.

Seven corridors were approved; among those not approved was a Winston-Salem to Charlotte connection.

WHY? Winston-Salem is the largest city in North Carolina without a direct passenger rail service. The railroad corridor would connect Winston-Salem with other major cities in North Carolina

“We have been lobbying for a long time to get rail service into Winston-Salem, and this is the first step in that process,” Mayor Allen Joines excitedly shared in a recent Instagram post.

 

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