State News

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

Posted June 5, 2010 7:01 a.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2010 7:18 p.m. EDT

— 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 or by calling 1-800-BYTRAIN. Reservations are required. Passengers should book early for best fares.