NCDOT Expanding State Passenger Railroad Service

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently expanded and made schedule changes to its NC By Train intercity passenger rail service.

[Above photo by NCDOT]

The improvements include more departures and some reduced travel times for passengers between North Carolina’s two biggest cities, Raleigh and Charlotte, the agency said.

“Our state’s rail service is top-notch and I’m grateful for this partnership with Amtrak and NCDOT,” said Governor Roy Cooper (D) in a statement. “These additional service options will help North Carolinians get where they need to be.”

Features of the new schedule include five round trips daily between Raleigh and Charlotte, a new 1:00 p.m. departure from Raleigh, a 6:30 a.m. departure from Raleigh, and a 5:30 p.m. departure from Charlotte with limited stops and scheduled trip times of just under three hours, and schedule adjustments departing Charlotte at 2:20 p.m. and a later option at 7:45 p.m.

The additional NC By Train services are fueled by the record ridership the state has experienced during the past year, with ridership reaching the highest mark in the rail service’s 32-year history in 2022.
“The increase in ridership in 2022 and the beginning of 2023 shows that people love NC By Train and want more,” noted NCDOT Secretary Eric Boyette. “We’re happy to provide our customers with more trains and new schedule options.”

NCDOT said its expanded passenger rail service is part of a broader multimodal transportation system in North Carolina that includes public transportation in every county, a connected network of intercity and regional bus services, and vanpool options for commuters.

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