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  1. Not enough Troopers, and the few that are around are usually too busy filling out crash reports to enforce traffic laws. The announcement even said as much and that the Troopers for this crackdown were from neighboring counties. I suspect they may do something similar in Wake soon. A moron going 100+ mph on 64 coming into Raleigh killed himself and two others last week.
  2. Nothing "major," but there are several grade separation projects funded in the State Transportation Improvement Program between Charlotte and Raleigh. Those are likely facing delays due to NCDOT's sharp losses in revenue. You can view a map of STIP projects here to get a better idea of where they are (look for the rail icons). We may see 90 mph one day, but I don't think we'll ever get to 110 mph as long as Norfolk Southern shares the same tracks. As mentioned, high-level boarding would cut a ton of time. As more frequencies are added, it will be interesting to see if an express/limited service is considered. I don't know what the numbers indicate for origins and destinations, but something like Charlotte-Greensboro-Raleigh, or even just Charlotte to Raleigh. I imagine that would cut more time than other expensive upgrades.
  3. Looking at the cars and tires in a Walmart parking lot, I'm amazed that most of them got there and can exceed 35 mph without something falling off.
  4. The Carolinian is canceled until May 4. https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-04-03-carolinian-service.aspx
  5. The grant doesn't cover too much, mainly fiber optic installation along the corridor. It does add the final grade separation project in Mooresboro west of Shelby for a complete Charlotte-Asheville freeway. All the other highway projects were already scheduled for construction from state funding, but there will likely be major delays coming soon for all projects.
  6. NCDOT appears to be looking for ways to acquire their portion of the S-Line. An Incremental Service Development Plan will be completed this Spring to identify grant opportunities and the phasing of future improvements. NCDOT Rail Division Update (March 4, 2020)
  7. How Shelby bypass project could drive development in region - WSOC Full article from Charlotte Business Journal with potential pay wall: How the Shelby bypass project could affect development in Cleveland County Coincidence? Or is there a reporter amongst us...? <.< >.>
  8. I always lose it at 1:22. Thank you for re-posting this.
  9. Eastern North Carolina has historically had better representation in Raleigh than other areas of the state due to population and economics. That is of course changing. The 2020 Census will likely paint a grimmer picture for Eastern North Carolina and representation. Most people also don’t realize how large and spread out Eastern North Carolina is. The counties intersecting or east of I-95 (excluding Harnett) make up 43 percent of the state’s total land area. That’s a lot of area to serve with highways. But speaking of incentives, highways are also incentives. North Carolina (and other states) hand out hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax incentives to private companies to get them to locate here. And it’s a competition now. If you don’t offer incentives, the company goes elsewhere. It’s the same with highways. If there isn’t a highway (often times an Interstate highway), the company looks elsewhere, whether that’s in another state or within the same state. At least highways are an incentive that serves the entire population versus tax breaks for massive corporations. Let's take U.S. 74 and Cleveland County for example. There is lots of new industrial development on the western end of the Shelby bypass that hasn’t even opened yet. The Walmart distribution center was built there in the mid-2000’s because of the promise of a bypass. Will these “save” the county’s economy? No. Would they have built there without the highway? Probably not. At least they're jobs. Then again, it’s amazing that any company takes North Carolina or the NCDOT seriously when it takes nearly 50 years to go from concept to completion of an 18-mile highway bypass. 1979: U.S. 74 bypass concept added to 1979 Thoroughfare Plan for Shelby 1991: Feasibility Study recommends southern bypass 1994: Shelby Thoroughfare Plan recommends northern bypass 1998: Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2008: Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision approved 2013: Construction begins on interchanges and realignment of existing U.S. 74 2014: Construction begins on bypass 2019: Two eastern sections delayed three years; preliminary engineering is suspended 2020: First sections scheduled to open 2022: Middle section scheduled to open 2024: Last sections begin construction 2027: Estimated completion
  10. Has anyone else noticed that the reflectors are being dislodged along the newly widened stretch of 85 through Kannapolis? They're all over the road. I was expecting one to come flying into my windshield yesterday.
  11. I've noticed over the past couple of years that everyone is going faster on 85 between Charlotte and Greensboro. Used to be comfortable at 5-10 over, but now I'm looking down and realize I'm doing 10-15 over and people are blowing my doors off. There doesn't seem to be much of a SHP presence when I go through, and the locals aren't out like they used to either. It seems like there's a trooper every few miles on 40 between Hickory and Winston.
  12. NCDOT publicly took notice. Deal Advances on Southeast Rail Corridor If I'm mathing right... "acquiring approximately 350 miles of CSXT right-of-way and 225 miles of track" (575 Miles) "$525 million of the $3.7 billion will be paid to CSXT over the next three years for the acquisition of property and track" (roughly $1 million per mile) It's about 55 miles from Raleigh to Ridgeway, so... maybe $55 million for NCDOT to acquire? Probably more since it's an active and operational line. I don't know what the construction estimates are. As mentioned, several grade separation projects are already funded in Wake County. But it will still cost a lot to bring the existing tracks up to Class 4. Too bad NCDOT's financial situation is so dismal right now.
  13. Proposed or done deal? I remember signing up for snail-mail updates from NCDOT regarding SEHSR circa 2002. I think it was supposed to be done in 2015? 2020 at the latest. I'd give it another twenty years and maybe we'll be chugging through Norlina at the blazing speed of 79 mph. Which will actually be a huge improvement due to the current routing.
  14. I wouldn't rule out all of the proposed stations just to keep the time down and speed up. As mentioned, you need support from all the areas to get it built. Greenville/Spartanburg is a decent sized market with plenty of commerce and connections between Atlanta and Charlotte, but the Greenfield GSP station does seem a little wacky. I'm not sure what the proposed frequency is, but you can always have different levels of service, i.e., "express trains" with limited stops. E.g., morning, mid-day and evening ATL>GSP>CLT only, mid-morning and mid-day serves all stops (and shave a few bucks off the ticket price for the slower service).
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