The rumbling of trains running through Sanford’s downtown put an accent on a press conference Tuesday announcing a grant that will begin the process of bringing passenger rail to the region.

As the freight trains passed by, officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation announced a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to cities and towns along the future S-Line route. The money will go toward planning and preliminary design of mobility hubs in seven communities along the S-Line route, including Sanford, Norlina, Henderson, Franklinton, Youngsville, Wake Forest and Apex.

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