|Location Description||From/To||Map #|
|Bensley||Chippenham Parkway to Noel Street||Map #3 click here.|
|Bellwood||Myron Avenue to Old Lane||Map #4 click here.|
|Centralia Road Area||Centralia Road to Snead Street||Map #5 click here.|
|Chester||Stebbins Street to Ruffin Mill Road||Map #6 click here.|
|Woods Edge Road Area||Ruffin Mill Road to Orange Avenue||Map #7 click here.|
|Ettrick||Ellerslie Avenue to River Road||Map #8 click here.|
SEHSR Project Update Meeting – Henderson, NC
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Aycock Recreation Center, 307 Carey Chapel Road, Henderson, NC 27537
The public is invited to attend a Project Update Meeting for the Southeast High Speed Rail Project (SEHSR). In response to comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), revisions have been made to proposed bridges and underpasses, rail crossing closures and other road work throughout the corridor, including modifications at the following locations in Henderson, NC:
Click on the links below to view maps of the preferred rail alternative and revised road work in Henderson, NC
|Location Description||From/To||Map #|
|North Henderson||US 1 to Carolyn Court (just south of Main Street)||Map #43 click here.|
|South Henderson||Andrews Avenue to JP Taylor Road||Map #44 click here.|
Richmond to Hampton Roads Final Tier I EIS Complete!
FRA has approved DRPT's Final Tier I EIS for high speed rail service to Hampton Roads. The Record of Decision (ROD) will now be progressed and once completed, more detailed Tier II studies will determine exact designs and impacts. For details visit www.rich2hrrail.info
SEHSR Project Update Meeting – Wake Forest and North Raleigh, NC (north of Whittaker Mill Road)
Tuesday, May 15, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh NC 27609
The public is invited to attend a Project Update Meeting for the Southeast High Speed Rail Project. In response to comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), revisions have been made to proposed bridges and underpasses, rail crossing closures and other road work throughout the corridor, including modifications at the following locations in downtown Wake Forest and north Raleigh, NC:
In addition, a revision has been made to the preferred rail alternative presented in the February 2012 Draft Recommendation Report for Section U. The affected area is in the vicinity of Rogers Road in Wake Forest. Click on the following link to see the Final Recommendation Report.
Click on the links below to view maps of the preferred rail alternative and revised road work in Section U and Section V (north of Whittaker Mill Road)
|Location Description||From/To||Map #|
|Downtown Wake Forest||Brick Street to Friendship Chapel Road||Map #53 click here.|
|South Wake Forest||Forestville Road to Capital Boulevard||Map #54 click here.|
|Neuse River Area||Capital Boulevard to Durant Road||Map #55 click here.|
|North Raleigh Area||South of Durant Road to Atlantic Avenue||Map #56 click here.|
|Raleigh Beltline (I-440)||Millbrook Road to Whittaker Mill Road||
Map #57 A click here. (includes alternative designs for a bridge over the railroad at Wolfpack Lane
Map #57 B click here. (includes alternative designs for closure of Wolfpack Lane with additional improvements to New Hope Church Road area)
New! Recommendation Report Now Available Online
May 2012 North Carolina and Virginia have presented the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) with a report that identifies the two state’s recommendations for the preferred rail alternative for each of the 26 sections of the SEHSR corridor between Richmond, VA, and Raleigh, NC. To review the document, please click here.
SEHSR Project Update Meeting – Raleigh, NC
The public is invited to attend a Project Update Meeting to learn about a new rail alternative developed for the SEHSR corridor in downtown Raleigh, NC. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
In the summer of 2010, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) held a series of Public Hearings on a Draft Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Richmond, VA, to Raleigh, NC, portion of the SEHSR corridor. In response to comments on the DEIS, a new rail alternative has been developed for downtown Raleigh (between Whitaker Mill Road and the Boylan Wye).
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Alternative NC5 was developed in response to strong public opposition to Alternative NC3, as well as to the City of Raleigh’s opposition to the disruption of traffic and pedestrian patterns in the area around Jones Street and Glenwood South presented by Alternatives NC1 and NC2. It was also developed to minimize impacts to the freight operations within the Norfolk Southern and CSX rail yards. Last, Alternative NC5 was developed to avoid impacts to historic resources listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Along with the development of Alternative NC5, revisions have been made to Alternatives NC1, NC2, and NC3 based on comments on the DEIS. All alternatives have removed the bridge on Hargett Street over the railroad, and would instead close the Hargett Street railroad crossing. In addition, a pedestrian bridge along Jones Street over the railroad corridor was added to Alternative NC3 (as well as the new Alternative NC5) to mitigate the effects of the road closure. Click on the following links to download the new maps for downtown Raleigh: Alternative NC1, Alternative NC2, Alternative NC3, Alternative NC5.
Public comments will be used in the evaluation of alternatives for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). You may provide comments via email. Comments may also be submitted at the Project Update Meeting or by mailing to: SEHSR Comments, NCDOT Rail Division, 1553 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1553. Please provide comments by October 27, 2011.
SEHSR Project Update Meeting – Brunswick County, VA
The public was invited to attend a Project Update Meeting to learn about new alternatives developed for the SEHSR corridor in Brunswick County, VA. The meeting was held Thursday, July 14, 2011, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Southside VA Community College, Christanna Campus, 109 Campus Drive in Alberta, VA 23821. Click to download the Public Update Meeting Handout and Comment Form. Comments will be used in the evaluation of alternatives for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Comments may be submitted by mailing the comment form to: SEHSR Comments, NCDOT Rail Division, 1553 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1553. You may also provide comments via email. Please provide comments by August 15, 2011.
In the summer of 2010, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) held a series of Public Hearings on a Draft Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Richmond, VA, to Raleigh, NC portion of the SEHSR corridor. In response to public, municipal, and agency comments on the DEIS, new rail alignments have been developed in two of the project sections in Virginia. The two areas affected are in Brunswick County: north of Alberta between the Nottoway River and Flat Rock Road (project Section D) and south of Alberta between Millville Road and the Meherrin River (project Section G).
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Section D: Alternative VA4 was developed after consultation with the resource agencies responsible for reviewing the SEHSR project (US Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Virginia Division of Environmental Quality). During discussions with these agencies, it was determined that none of the existing alternatives would satisfy their conflicting concerns (endangered species and historic resources on Alternatives VA1/VA3 and wetland impacts on Alternative VA2). Click on the links to download the maps showing Alternative VA4 in Section D: map 1 and map 2.
Section G: Alternative VA4 was developed based on discussions with local citizens at the public hearing held in Alberta, VA, on July 15, 2011, and input from the resource agencies. It seeks to address public concerns about the property impacts associated with Alternative VA2, and to minimize impacts to the Tourist Guest House historic property. Click on the links to download the maps showing Alternative VA4 in Section G:
map 1 and map 2.
Public comments will be used in the evaluation of alternatives for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). You may provide comments via email . Comments may also be submitted at the Project Update Meeting or by mailing to: SEHSR Comments, NCDOT Rail Division, 1553 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1553. Please provide comments by August 15, 2011.
Tier II DEIS, Richmond to Raleigh
The public comment period for the DEIS
closed on September 10, 2010.
North Carolina, Virginia and the Federal Railroad Administration announce the completion of a draft environmental statement (DEIS) that is a key step toward implementing high speed rail service in the two states and the Southeast. The Tier II DEIS covers the portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor between Richmond, VA, and Raleigh, NC. Click here to visit the DEIS website, where you can download the DEIS and associated public hearing maps.
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Public Comments Now Under Review
The SEHSR planning and engineering team wants to thank all who attended one of our eight public hearings and/or one of the several public hearings held by local municipalities this summer, and the many of you who submitted comments through the public review process. We received over 1,800 comments from individuals and agencies in Virginia and North Carolina. We heard your comments, and are at work now compiling and analyzing the input and evaluating options. The public input will be considered along with other data and constraints in the selection of a recommended alternative. We anticipate this work to take several more months.
We want to thank you again for your interest in this project and for your comments and suggestions. Please continue to visit this website for periodic updates on work progress. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) or the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) project manager at the numbers below.
SEHSR Tier II EIS Project Manager
NCDOT Rail Division
Manager of Rail Planning
All Aboard!...SEHSR is now on Twitter
For the latest news and happenings on the Southeast High Speed Rail Project, come check us out on Twitter.
The Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High Speed Rail Compact held its first meeting on July 12. Click here to watch video from that meeting.
What is the SEHSR Corridor?
The map shows the entire SEHSR Corridor, and where each portion of the corridor is in the planning process.
The different points in the planning process are due to need and funding. The major portions of the SESHR Corridor are:
A multi-purpose trail concept is also being evaluated between Petersburg and Raleigh.
Richmond to Hampton Roads Draft Tier I EIS Complete!
FRA has approved DRPT's Draft Tier I EIS for high speed rail service to Hampton Road. The final Tier I EIS will now be progressed and once completed, more detailed Tier II studies will determine exact designs and impacts. For details visit www.rich2hrrail.info
SEHSR Corridor Awarded $620 Million in Federal Funding
February 2010 :: On January 28, it was announced that Virginia and North Carolina would receive substantial funds to make incremental improvements in the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor. Initial funds are slated for projects that are significantly advanced in terms of planning and engineering between Washington, DC and Richmond, and between Raleigh and Charlotte.
North Carolina, Virginia
Southeast High Speed
January 2010 :: In an historic move, key transportation leaders from Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee voted on January 25 to form the Southeast High Speed Rail Coalition to accelerate high speed and intercity rail connectivity in the region.
More information>News Release, List of Attendees
North Carolina's Applications for Rail ARRA Projects
October 2009 :: Click here for the list located on bytrain.org website.
May 2009 :: The project team has been researching anecdotal data and information related to existing trails in this country and Canada. The team has compiled a list of references which document experiences and relationships between existing trails and the communities and private properties near which they run. For more information click here>
Preliminary Track Charts Available Richmond to Raleigh
May 2009 :: Richmond to South Collier, VA
South Collier, VA to VA/NC Line: Alternative 1, Alternative 2, Alternative 3
VA/NC Line to Raleigh: Alternative 1, Alternative 2, Alternative 3
Evaluation of High-Speed Rail Options in the
Macon-Atlanta-Greenville-Charlotte Rail Corridor
News Release-January 8, 2009>
Aerial Photos of Corridor Available Online
February, 2008 :: Maps are available through this web site for both Virginia and North Carolina. With this feature you now can determine the general location of the three alignments under study and their proximity to houses, businesses, or other property. To view a particular map, you will need to click through a series of increasingly detailed map layers to arrive at the map of interest. To go to these maps, first select the state you are interested in above.
Aerial photography in Virginia provided by VA Geographic Information Network (2002). Aerial photography in North Carolina provided by NC Department of Transportation (Vance County, 2002; Franklin, Wake, and Warren Counties, 2004).
The environmental planning process may appear lengthy. However, it insures that every effort has been made to prevent negative impacts to the human and natural environment, while planning the SEHSR project in a cost-sensitive and safe manner that meets the needs of the traveling public.
Please see Project History for further information regarding this process.