Economic Impact

NCRR Invests

Being wholly committed to the economic development of North Carolina, our NCRR Invests program evaluates opportunities to invest in freight rail infrastructure needs.

Eligible rail-related investments include, but are not limited to:

Build Ready Sites (BRS) Program

Oftentimes companies don’t have the time or budget to wait on municipalities to create infrastructure improvements. In these situations, NCRR has a portfolio of “Build Ready Sites” as a key differentiator between a community and its competitors when attracting a new company.

The Build Ready Sites Program is a grant program assisting in the development and marketing of rail sites across the state of North Carolina. Applications to the program open every summer with a processing timeline of 6 months.

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Freight Rail Opportunities In North Carolina

North Carolina’s freight rail network boasts more than 3,200 miles of railroad, owned by two Class I railroads and 19 short lines.

North American Market Access Through Class I Railroads:
Two Class I railroad companies, CSX and Norfolk Southern offer direct access to North America’s massive intercity rail network and together, operate three-fourths of N.C.’s track.

Port And Intermodal Access:
Both Norfolk Southern and CSX offer direct service to the major ports located along the eastern seaboard as well as intermodal container service for N.C. companies through their respective hubs in Charlotte (NS, CSX) and Greensboro (NS).

Regional Railroad Connections To Class I Railroads:
North Carolina is also home to 19 short lines, or regional railroads. Short line railroads offer rail shipping opportunities and large market connections to businesses and local producers without access to a Class I line by feeding traffic to and receiving traffic from the Class I railroads for final delivery. Short lines can provide essential service advantages for the “first and last mile” where it may sometimes be operationally challenging for a Class I provider.

Six of North Carolina’s regional railroads offer direct connections to both of the Class I rail service providers in N.C. (CSX and NS).

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