Task force votes on Raleigh's high speed rail

July 29, 2010 9:05:56 PM PDT
ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned that Raleigh's rail task force voted on its site recommendation to the city council Thursday.There's been a lot of excitement about the Southeast High Speed Rail service connecting Raleigh to Washington, Richmond and Charlotte. Two plans are currently being discussed, because there are two existing lines SEHSR could follow --CSX and Norfolk Southern.

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The task force voted Thursday in favor of high speed rail coming in along Norfolk Southern's lines, which run to the west of Capital Boulevard.

Norfolk Southern's route would close Jones Street to all traffic including pedestrians and would demolish dozens of businesses along that route.

The CSX route would make three major changes to Glenwood South's landscape --West Street and Harrington Street would be closed at the tracks to both cars and pedestrians. Both of the closings would have huge implications for residents who live in a nearby apartment complex on Harrington Street and on a huge bridge on Jones Street spanning two blocks in either direction.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has said it encourages the public to share their thoughts, questions and concerns with staff at the meetings. The department will collect and analyze their input, and use it to help shape the future of the corridor.

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