New Business Opportunities Available Along Gastonia and Mt. Holly Rail Line Monday, July 10, 2017

NC Rail Division partners with Progressive Rail on preserved freight corridor

RALEIGH — Businesses along the Piedmont and Northern rail line now have additional opportunities for freight transport thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division and Progressive Rail Incorporated (PGR).

“Progressive Rail is aggressively marketing this new line and we are optimistic about them drawing in new business to help continue connecting parts of North Carolina’s economy,” said Allan Paul, acting director of the NCDOT Rail Division.

The 14-mile short line corridor, located between Gastonia and Mt. Holly, is part of the 137 miles of former freight line corridors the division has preserved. Recently, after a competitive bid process, Progressive Rail was selected to operate the line.

“Progressive Rail is proud to be selected to guide the Piedmont and Northern Railway to a much higher level of focus in building careers, commerce and community involvement for the region we now proudly serve,” said Dave Fellon, owner and president of Progressive Rail. “We look forward to working with the stakeholders in the region to deliver economic and social benefits that can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Established in 1996 and headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota, Progressive Rail is a shortline railroad with integrated transloading facilities and warehouses, operating several shortlines in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. PGR focuses on economic development opportunities, including identifying multi-modal transloading and storage facility projects, working with local municipalities and state governments to restore or build new infrastructure, and identifying ways to help enterprises with their logistics needs. 

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