Folks eager for a railroad station in Hillsborough will want to attend a meeting next Wednesday in the Big Barn, 388 Ja Max Drive.
The Rail Station Task Force will host an open house from 4 to 9 p.m. to discuss suggested rail station sites and the rating criteria it will use for recommending a site to the town and county boards. A presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. The information also will be available on a drop-in basis.
An Amtrak and N.C. Department of Transportation analysis says a rail stop in Hillsborough could be financially viable. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens had formally requested the study on the possibility of a rail stop on behalf of a number of citizens.
Based on costs at that time, construction was estimated at about $1 million for a platform with lighting and a canopy and $5 million to $6 million for a station building.
The task force is expected to report on the site selection Feb. 19 at the joint meeting of the Hillsborough Town Board and Orange County Commissioners. Its work is expected to be completed by the end of May.