NCRR Invests

NCRR Invests provides assistance to companies that take advantage of the state’s freight rail opportunities and create jobs by locating or expanding their business in North Carolina. The goal of any NCRR investment is to drive job creation and economic growth that would not necessarily take place otherwise.

We evaluate requests for investments in engineering, design, and construction associated with the rail infrastructure requirements of potential new industry, or an existing industry seeking expansion both on and off the North Carolina Railroad line.

Since launching NCRR Invests in 2016, the North Carolina Railroad Company has partnered on economic development projects resulting in 2,000 jobs, more than $9M investment by NCRR, and more than $1.8 billion investment by companies choosing to locate or expand in North Carolina.

NCRR is also committed to investing in freight rail infrastructure needs at the state’s four rail-served megasites should a new or expanding rail-served industry choose to locate at the sites.

For more information please contact:
Anna Lea Moore

Available N.C. Rail-served Buildings, Sites and Location Data

Searching for the perfect location in North Carolina for your rail-served business? Start by searching SelectNC, the state’s economic development intelligence system for site details and mapped locations.

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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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