North Carolina’s Amtrak is celebrating two significant milestone anniversaries this month, including 25 years of Carolinian service on Monday and 20 years of Piedmont service on May 25.
Train passenger services resumed in North Carolina in 1990 with many improvements made to the system of stations and railroads throughout the region since then.
Piedmont service expanded in May 2010 when a new mid-day round-trip route was added between Raleigh and Charlotte. This route was in addition to the previous two early morning and late afternoon trains that already ran between Raleigh and Charlotte.
In addition, Amtrak has built new stations in Cary and Kannapolis, and historical stations have been renovated in High Point, Salisbury, Wilson, Greensboro, Rocky Mount and Selma. The new station in Durham is a renovated historic tobacco warehouse. Passengers use a Historic Company Shops building as a waiting room.
As part of the celebration, the Amtrak is having a Kids Ride for $5 sale valid this Saturday though Monday, in addition to May 23, 24, and 25. Train stations throughout North Carolina will celebrate the Carolinian anniversary on May 9 and the Piedmont anniversary on May 23.