March 24, 2020
North Carolina Railroad Company Names Donald Arant Vice President of Engineering
Donald Arant

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) has named Donald Arant, P.E., Vice President of Engineering.  Arant is a licensed professional engineer with significant experience in rail transportation, civil and municipal engineering, and major rail infrastructure project management.

“The Vice President of Engineering plans and executes an infrastructure investment strategy that ensures the 317-mile corridor is prepared to meet the needs of both current and future freight and passenger service,” says NCRR President, Scott Saylor.  “Donald brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a genuine love of railroad engineering, to an extremely important role at the Company.”

“NCRR is an historic company that plays an important role in our state’s freight rail network,” says Arant.  “I’m looking forward to collaborating with our freight and passenger rail partners, as well as working closely with our economic development and real estate teams to ensure that the 317-mile railroad continues to meet the infrastructure needs required of current and future rail service.”

Arant joined the company in 2015 when he was hired as NCRR’s first full time Staff Engineer.  Prior to that, he was with STV, a global engineering and architecture firm with offices in Charlotte.  He is a graduate of NC State University.  Arant is taking on the role following the retirement of James K. “Jim” Kessler, P.E., who held the position since 2012.

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The North Carolina Railroad: Collaborating with Communities and Spurring Economic Growth

NCRR’s role in NC’s future

Track has been shifted onto the new bridge at Crabtree Creek @Morrisville_NC. This exciting project is a collaboration that will result in the connection of two greenways and a new railroad bridge that can accommodate two tracks. Learn more. https://bit.ly/39uJO2u

Corridor Management involves preserving and protecting the NCRR corridor to ensure it can meet future freight and passenger service needs. This requires collaboration with the communities along the corridor. https://www.ncrr.com/successful-corridor-management-collaboration-innovation/

Thank you to @RiversideDPSNC for inviting NCRR to discuss the Gregson St. Bridge project with STEM students. STEM careers play an important role in rail infrastructure projects!

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