Cary breaks ground on new train depot

Posted October 25, 2010 4:07 p.m. EDT

— 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.