A train goes over a railroad bridge over Hopson Road in Research Triangle Park in this file photo from February 2016. The old tracks were at road level. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to eliminate several railroad crossings in North Raleigh as well, including those at Durant and New Hope Church roads starting later this year.
A train goes over a railroad bridge over Hopson Road in Research Triangle Park in this file photo from February 2016. The old tracks were at road level. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to eliminate several railroad crossings in North Raleigh as well, including those at Durant and New Hope Church roads starting later this year. Chris Seward
A train goes over a railroad bridge over Hopson Road in Research Triangle Park in this file photo from February 2016. The old tracks were at road level. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to eliminate several railroad crossings in North Raleigh as well, including those at Durant and New Hope Church roads starting later this year. Chris Seward

Richard Stradling covers transportation for The News & Observer. Planes, trains and automobiles, plus ferries, bicycles, scooters and just plain walking. He’s been a reporter or editor for 32 years, including the last 19 at The N&O. 919-829-4739, rstradling@newsobserver.com.