NCDOT has scheduled a public meeting 4-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Raleigh Convention Center to hear citizen views on a new idea for routing high-speed passenger trains through downtown Raleigh: a 700-foot bridge to carry northbound trains diagonally over automobile traffic on Capital, just south of the Wade Avenue interchange.
Maps have been posted on the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor site to show the new option, called NC5, along with new modifications to three alternatives that were aired last year. All options are still on the table. [Update: see 9/10/11 story "Rail plan looks to pass over boulevard."]
NCDOT ran into heavy opposition when Norfolk Southern Railway and residents of neighborhoods near Five Points objected to its originally favored NC3 proposal, which would have run the new trains north along the west side of Capital, disrupting Norfolk Southern's freight yard.
Lawyer Ben Kuhn and other downtown residents suggested taking the trains across Capital near where it crosses Peace Street. The new NCDOT approach adapts that idea but moves it farther north, bridging the busy boulevard at a lower elevation just south of the Wade Avenue interchange. ... [MORE]