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Cary breaks ground on new train depot

Posted October 25, 2010

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— Local, state and federal officials helped break ground Monday for a new train depot in Cary to accommodate the growth expected from high-speed rail across North Carolina.

The $2.2 million depot is part of $545 million in federal economic stimulus funds North Carolina received for high-speed rail improvements. A Southeast rail corridor would eventually connect Charlotte to Washington, D.C., with trains traveling at top speeds of 110 mph.

The Cary depot is the first of nine train stations in the state that will be improved with stimulus funds. Other upgrades will take place in Kannapolis, High Point, Burlington, Raleigh, Charlotte, Salisbury and the Capital Yard in Raleigh.

The station in Cary will be expanded to accommodate full-service Amtrak service, including ticketing and baggage handling. The boarding platform will be lengthened, and parking will be added.

In addition, a passenger information display system will be installed. The system will provide visual and audible messaging for impaired passengers.

Work on the Cary depot is expected to be completed by August 2011.

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  • dmccall Oct 26, 2010

    110mph is the absolute top speed. Actual avg travel speeds will be in the 65mph range, so this should be called HighER Speed Rail.

    Thankfully, mankind has produced no other alternative machines that can achieve THAT kind of speed, so the train is a home run, done deal. ;)

  • rick_slick Oct 26, 2010

    They should encompass the nudie bar next door. It'd beat the airport waiting area for sure.

  • iamconfused Oct 26, 2010

    The story states that the trains will be traveling 110MPH. That truly scares me since they can't even keep the current trains on the tracks traveling at 65MPH. Not only that but I sure hpe they get some better equipment as from what I have read the curent equipment seems to have some issues.

  • ncwiseguy Oct 25, 2010

    want to make passenger rail travel more attractive...........BAR CAR!!!!! just think, let the engineer do the driving while you re in the back getting loaded. advantage too.....no state troopers.

    just be sure to take a cab to your final destination when you arrive.

  • dmccall Oct 25, 2010

    So the station they just built in 1996 is obsolete?

  • knockitoff Oct 25, 2010

    maybe they should be fixing the trains instead of a station!

  • Palidog Oct 25, 2010

    Absolute waste of money. I rode the train from Cary to Charlotte and back last week, no need for any improvements on any station. Maybe 5 people in Cary taking train and was 1/4 full, a row for everyone. Engine broke down in Charlotte and took 3 hours to fix, same time as the ride. The State of NC should subsidize a regular bus service, would be on-time and cost less. If you got no where to be and plenty of time, its a blast, you get to see every back yard and empty warehouse in the state. Its not exactly scenic.

  • ncwiseguy Oct 25, 2010

    cherokee...............

    3 hours cary to salisbury????..........how many times did you stop for fuel, drinks, a potty break???

  • alwayslovingu30 Oct 25, 2010

    Ha well now A satelite is an eyesore but they have A rail station what is the real eyesore

  • cherokee43v6 Oct 25, 2010

    I've ridden the Carolinian and the Piedmont (prefer Piedmont... better condition equipment). My sister used to live in Salisbury and I'd take the train from Cary to Salisbury for less than I would have spent on gas. It only took about 30 minutes longer than driving, plus I could take my laptop or a book and come out the other end far more relaxed than if I spent 2 1/2 hours in 40/85 traffic.

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