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Amtrak through NC hits highest percentage of growth in nation

Posted October 18, 2012

— Amtrak’s Piedmont route, which runs from Raleigh to Charlotte, grew by a higher percentage of riders than any other route in the nation during the last fiscal year, according to the latest data from the rail service.

The route set a new record of more than 162,000 riders and had the best percentage increase of all Amtrak routes, with a jump of 16.2 percent over the previous year, Amtrak said. The 2012 fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

“It’s very satisfying to know that more North Carolinians are using train travel as an option,” said Anthony Fuller, rail division director for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, which owns the route. “It is equally gratifying to know that our state grew faster in fiscal year 2012 than any other service in the Amtrak system.”

The Piedmont makes two round trips daily between Raleigh and Charlotte and serves seven other North Carolina cities: Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis. The state-supported Carolinian also makes one round trip each day, serving the same locations.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 19, 2012

    wayneboyd - "Every tidket sold on Amtrac cost American taxpayers $90.00 each!!! PLease walk!"

    Would love to see your resource on that information.

    Also "walk" - to Charlotte, to NYC, to DC???

    You have to be joking!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 19, 2012

    Took Amtrak to Charlotte to visit a niece. Was first time on a train since in the military in 1969, and it was an absolutely wonderful ride.

    Kudos to Amtrak...just build a better train station in Raleigh please. I was surprised to see so many truly beautiful little stations in towns we stopped at along the way, then you see the dump in the state's capitol.


  • Road-wearier Oct 19, 2012

    "How much are those socialist roads costing Americans?"

    And those socialist airports.

  • chivegas Oct 19, 2012

    I take this trip about once a month. It's nice when it's on-time, but that seems to be the case only about 60% of the time. They have 110VAC power at every seat, and free water and coffee. I choose it, because I can work while I'm riding (not so much while I'm driving). Typical fare is 27.50-33.50 OW.

  • crazydaveca Oct 18, 2012

    Riding the train beats a plane ride any day of the week.

  • Bill Brasky Oct 18, 2012

    Every tidket sold on Amtrac cost American taxpayers $90.00 each!!! PLease walk!~~~

    How much are those socialist roads costing Americans?

  • RowdyFriend Oct 18, 2012

    Well, it looks as though Pat is going to be our next governor (and that's fine with me), and he's definitely friendly to light rail and public transportation. So smiles, everyone, smiles.....

  • Raleigh Boys Oct 18, 2012

    Republicans kill rail ideas in North Carolina. There is one brewing in Orange County that might get pigeon holed by Republicans running there.

  • miseem Oct 18, 2012

    Ummm, it is. The Federal and State Governments makes more off of gas than the gas companies do, to a tune of 7 times.

    When is the last time an oil company built or repaired a road? I know oil exploration and extraction is not cheap, but not as high as keeping roads driveable. In addition, the way gas is taxed (per gallon, not by price), petroleum based component like asphalt going up, and gas economy improving, states and the feds have much less available to try to cover much more use and demand.

  • wayneboyd Oct 18, 2012

    Every tidket sold on Amtrac cost American taxpayers $90.00 each!!! PLease walk!~~~