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Industrial Access

Industrial Access

NCDOT’s Rail Industrial Access Program uses state funds to assist in constructing or refurbishing tracks required by a new or expanding industry to encourage economic development. This funding helps ensure that companies have safer, modernized railroad tracks so freight can deliver their goods and services more effectively and efficiently.

Funding for the projects is contingent upon application approval prior to the industry making their decision to locate or expand their facility in North Carolina and matching funds from private and or local sources.

Local governments, community development agencies, railroad companies and industries are eligible for funds to improve rail access. Approval of requests is based on economic benefit of the project including the number of potential new jobs that will be created, the amount of capital investment, rail use and the area's economic conditions.


Please visit the Rail Division's resources site on Connect NCDOT to view and download the Grant Requirements Notebook's forms and documents (located under the Policies & Guidelines tab).

Program Summary

The Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will help fund the cost of constructing rail tracks required to serve a new business or a business expansion as part of a statewide effort to attract new industry to North Carolina. Funds should be applied for early, prior to making a location decision.

Policies and Procedures

Construction Contractors

To be added to this list, contact Neil Perry. NC Contractor's License with Railroad Specialty is required to bid on rail industrial access project work.

List of Railroad Contractors

Summary of Projects

View a summary of previous projects, including funding and number of jobs created.

View Summary.