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NC gets federal grant to buy corridor for Raleigh-Richmond high-speed rail


- The effort to establish high-speed passenger rail service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia, got a boost Friday with a $47.5 million federal grant to the N.C. Department of Transportation. The money will allow the state to buy a rail line between Raleigh and Ridgeway, near the Virginia state line, from freight railroad CSX. The grant was announced late Friday by Democratic Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield and both of North Carolina’s Republican U.S. senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. North Carolina and Virginia have been planning for high-speed passenger trains through the two states since 1992 and have long coveted access to CSX’s so-called S-line between Raleigh and Petersburg.


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