North Raleigh News

Raleigh-Cary study looks at rail crossing safety

Transportation planners are looking for the best ways to improve safety at rail crossings between downtown Cary and N.C. State University in West Raleigh.

At two public meetings next week, drivers and other residents will be invited to discuss possible road safety improvements and future rail transit stations that might affect nearby neighborhoods and the overall economy of the area.

The meetings run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a formal presentation at 5:30 p.m., at these locations:

• Monday at WakeMed Soccer Park-Skybox C, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary.

• Tuesday at Method Community Center, 514 Method Road, Raleigh.

It’s part of a study being conducted by the two cities, Triangle Transit, the state Department of Transportation and two railroads.

The focus is on the existing rail crossings at N.E. Maynard Road and Trinity Road in Cary and those at Nowell Road, Powell Drive, Beryl Road and Royal Street in Raleigh.

Proposed regional transit plans include several new rail stops in the study area. A North Carolina-Virginia plan for faster passenger train service includes a proposal to close all of these street-level rail crossings, replacing some of them with bridges.

Information and an online survey about the Raleigh-Cary Rail Crossing Study are online at