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Rail Realignment Coordinator appointed

Post Date:02/02/2018 1:37 PM
Rail realignment mapFormer Wilmington City Council member Laura Padgett has been appointed as coordinator of the Rail Realignment Project. Padgett was appointed by Council at their Jan. 9 meeting. The action reinforces the City’s commitment to continue leading the initiative forward. Padgett had previously served as chair of the Rail Realignment Task Force that studied the feasibility of moving the CSX rail line that currently runs through the city to just across the Cape Fear River. 

According to city planning officials, moving the rail line would have several benefits, including: improving access by freight trains directly into the Port of Wilmington, enhancing economic development in the region, easing traffic congestion on area streets, and, by repurposing the existing rail for a greenway and possible trolley line, incentivize major new investments in underutilized properties adjoining the rail.

More information on the project can be found at