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Willington – Raleigh corridor gets boost

The North Carolina DOT has put $7 million into the state budget for “freight operations streamlining” that could have a positive effect on passenger travel. The Star-News of Raleigh reports.

If a short but controversial rail link is built in Pembroke – about 90 miles west of Wilmington – the N.C. State Ports would likely see more military trains from Fort Bragg and goods landed at the proposed N.C. international port near Southport would get quicker access to northeastern markets. The link might be key to the re-establishment of passenger rail service to Wilmington, with trains passing through Pembroke on their way to Raleigh.

Today in Pembroke, two rail lines cross at the center of town. And, street traffic is held up every 26 minutes throughout the day as trains pass through.

The proposed link, similar in shape and length to a highway off-ramp, would allow southbound traffic on a major north-south line to travel directly east toward Wilmington. A DOT estimate says it would shunt six trains a day away from Pembroke’s brick-fronted downtown.

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