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Connecting Communities: $1 Billion Grant to Revolutionize Rail Travel Between Raleigh and Richmond

The U.S. Department of Transportation has allocated $1 billion to develop a new passenger rail route between Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA, transforming regional transportation and fostering economic growth.

We are thrilled to announce a monumental stride in the advancement of transportation infrastructure in the United States: the U.S. Department of Transportation has allocated a staggering $1 billion grant to inaugurate a new era of connectivity between Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA, via a cutting-edge passenger rail route.

This endeavor mirrors the award-winning Brightline Highspeed Rail projects that are currently taking place across the nation both in Florida and and on the West Coast.


This historic initiative, spearheaded by the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, is poised to transform regional transportation dynamics and foster economic growth across both states.

At the forefront of this groundbreaking endeavor is WGI’s own Cheryl Collins, whose instrumental role in crafting the grant proposal on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proved pivotal in securing these federal funds amidst stiff competition.

In the words of WGI’s President, Gregory Sauter, “You may not appreciate it yet, Cheryl, but you are contributing to an incredible legacy for decades to come. You make us proud!”

The brainchild of this endeavor, the S-Line, will traverse the scenic landscapes from Sanford to Richmond, making pivotal stops along the way in communities such as Apex, Youngsville, and Henderson. With its inception, this visionary project promises to redefine intra-state commutes, particularly benefiting residents of the Triangle region.

NC rail grant
Credit: NCDOT

The proposed 162-mile rail corridor is poised to revolutionize travel between these two bustling metropolises, ushering in a new era of enhanced accessibility and connectivity. While this project primarily targets long-distance travel between urban centers, its implications resonate far beyond, promising to alleviate congestion and enhance overall transportation efficacy.

As we embark on this transformative journey, we extend our gratitude to all those who have contributed to this momentous achievement. With the unwavering dedication of visionaries such as Cheryl Collins and the steadfast support of governmental agencies, we are confident that the Raleigh-Richmond rail corridor will emerge as a beacon of progress and innovation for generations to come.

Let us collectively celebrate this monumental milestone as we pave the way for a brighter, more interconnected future!

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