The Town of Harrisburg and the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) Company are partnering to secure land for a future passenger rail station along Highway 49.
During its meeting on Monday, Aug. 12 Harrisburg Town Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding and funding for the station.
Since 2015, the Town of Harrisburg, NCRR and NCDOT-Rail Division have been discussing the possibility of locating a passenger rail station in Harrisburg to meet the growing demands of rail access north of Charlotte center-city. NCRR and NCDOT-Rail Division have determined that Harrisburg is one of its most important new station site locations in the state.
NCRR is investing up to $6 million to acquire the 2.34-acre parcel and the town will reimburse NCRR for the cost of the site located between Highway 49 and the North Carolina Railroad Corridor, near Harrisburg Town Center.
The location of the site gives the facility great visibility and easy access for passengers. The station will be an inter-city passenger rail station, meaning it will serve as an independent stop on multiple rail line routes, and will be similar to stations in Kannapolis, Salisbury and Apex.
The station will be serviced by Amtrak and will be part of the ‘Piedmont’ and ‘Carolinian’ train service routes. The station is not part of the Lynx Blue Line light rail.
NCRR has also agreed to construct an additional 2,000-2,500 square feet, at the town’s expense, as part of the train station facility, with the space to be used as the town desires. The Town intends to initially use the additional square footage of the facility to house the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department’s Harrisburg Division.
The deputies currently use a single office space in the Fire Administration building and are in need of additional office and storage space. The facility will be designed so that it can be flexible in the future if law enforcement services are moved from the building.
Design and engineering is expected to take 8-10 months and construction of the project is expected to take 12-18 months. NCRR estimates rail service beginning sometime in 2021.