DOT unveils downtown rail routes

Image courtesy US Department of Transportation

September 27, 2011 4:05:19 PM PDT
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has unveiled a new idea for routing high-speed passenger trains through downtown Raleigh.

Under the new plan, a 700-foot bridge would carry northbound trains diagonally over traffic on Capital Boulevard just south of Wade Avenue.

Supporters say they believe the latest plan will be less disruptive for neighborhoods that could be affected by the proposed high-speed train line.

"I just looked at the two options and they just didn't make sense," Raleigh resident Ben Kuhn said.

The previous options divided the city literally and figuratively. One called for a train coming from the north to start down the east side of Capital Boulevard, go around peace Street, cross over on a raised viaduct, then join the tracks on the west side of Capital around North Street. The other idea was similar, but would run about 1,000 feet or so to the north.

"I just think the other options are going to be less damaging to the community," Raleigh resident Jessica Reiniger said.

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