NCDOT announces two additional mid-day passenger trains

Raleigh, NC - From the North Carolina Department of Transportation:

RALEIGH, NC - State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Tuesday that two additional trains providing mid-day service between Raleigh and Charlotte will begin on June 5, increasing the state-sponsored passenger rail service to six trains operating daily between the state's two largest cities.

"As our population continues to grow, we must provide people with travel alternatives," said Conti. "Train travel also provides environmental and energy benefits through reduced congestion and improved air quality."

Currently, the state sponsors four trains daily, the Piedmont and Carolinian, as North Carolina's Amtrak. Each train makes a morning and evening run between Raleigh and Charlotte, a trip that is auto competitive at 3 hours and 7 minutes, including intermediate stops at Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis.

The new service will add two additional trains in the mid-day giving business travelers, families and college students more options to travel via rail.

The Carolinian also provides daily service to Selma, Wilson, Rocky Mount, to Richmond, Virginia and to the northeast including Washington D.C. and New York City.