NC Towns Concerned About High-Speed Trains to Virginia

August 3, 2010

Some small towns in North Carolina are worried about plans to run high-speed trains between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia.

"The News & Observer" of Raleigh reported Tuesday local officials worry about the 110-mph trains because safety officials want to eliminate all ground-level rail crossings in towns between the two cities. Some crossings would be replaced with bridges or underpasses, but many crossings would become dead ends.

The project would cut nearly two hours from train trips between North Carolina and the Northeast.

Residents in towns like Youngsville, Franklinton, Henderson and Norlina would see little benefit, with no plans for train stops in many communities.

Pat Simmons with the Transportation Department says nearly 100 bridges and overpasses are planned to avoid splitting small towns.

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