Twelve short line railroads, including one in Alexander County, and the North Carolina Ports Authority will soon be making improvements to their rail infrastructure thanks to approximately $10.2 million in matching grant funds being awarded as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement program (FRRCSI).
FRRCSI supports rail infrastructure health, safety and performance throughout the state, enabling NCDOT to partner with rail companies on improvement projects to move freight more effectively. This partnership helps railroads meet customer needs efficiently and in cost-effective ways while preparing them for growing service demands and partnerships with new businesses and industries.
The grant funds contribute to nearly $20.4 million (total including funds from those below) in rail infrastructure improvements statewide. Among the projects to be funded is the Alexander Railroad Company, which will receive $750,000 for two projects to improve track, railroad crossings and expand truck/rail transload operations in Alexander County.
The Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program was established in 2013 by the General Assembly.