RALEIGH — North Carolina is getting $6 million in federal grants to improve train service.
The North Carolina Transportation Department said Tuesday the grants will help improve both freight and passenger service in the state.
Most of the money will pay for freight improvements in northeastern North Carolina to upgrade theNorth Carolina & Virginia Railroad Company in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties.
The 52-mile rail line serves Nucor Steel, one of the largest employers in the area.
Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said the project will improve the track and allow shippers to use modern heavyweight cars that are more efficient.
A second grant of $200,000 will be used along the Piedmont passenger corridor, including terminal projects like the Gateway Station in Charlotte.