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N.C. inaugurates third Raleigh-to-Charlotte train

Posted June 5, 2010

— North Carolina train travelers have a new option for service between the capital and the state's largest city.

The state Department of Transportation on Saturday launches midday rail service between Charlotte and Raleigh. That's in addition to the current early morning and late afternoon runs, giving the state six trains running on a daily schedule.

The new southbound Piedmont will leave Raleigh at 11:50 a.m. and reach Charlotte at 3:02 p.m. The new northbound Piedmont departs from Charlotte at 12:30 p.m. and gets to Raleigh at 3:43 p.m.

North Carolina operates the Piedmont, which runs daily between the two cities, and the Carolinian, which also provides daily service in the state and north to Washington and New York.

Complete schedule and train information is available at bytrain.org or by calling 1-800-BYTRAIN. Reservations are required. Passengers should book early for best fares.

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  • Capt Mercury Jun 7, 2010

    And they will stay empty as long as grade crossing accidents like the one in Mebane keep happening. Is anyone at the NC DOT considering that?

  • davidbh61255 Jun 7, 2010

    Amtrack is Corporate Welfare at its finest!! I would like to know the head counts of paying passengers on these trains. They look empty when they go by!!