Train schedule altered for track work
Passengers on North Carolina’s Amtrak Piedmont and Carolinian trains that travel between Raleigh and Charlotte will experience a smoother ride and better on-time reliability this spring after one of the rail corridor’s largest track and bridge reconditioning projects is completed.
While work is under way, there will be temporary service suspensions and adjusted service schedules. Passengers should plan their travel accordingly.
On Monday, Feb. 14, Norfolk Southern Railway will begin making track, signal and bridge improvements to the Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor. Crews will perform the work Monday through Thursday each week, with completion scheduled for Thursday, April 21.
To accommodate the work, the Piedmont mid-day service (Trains 74 and 75) will be temporarily suspended Monday through Thursday, from Feb. 14 to April 21. No alternate transportation will be provided. Friday, Saturday and Sunday service will operate on adjusted schedules during this time.
The Piedmont morning and evening service (Trains 73 and 76) and the Carolinian morning and evening service (Trains 79 and 80) will run on adjusted schedules from Feb. 14 to April 21. The adjusted schedules are attached.
The temporary service suspensions and schedule adjustments are necessary to complete the project in just 10 weeks. Without the accelerated work schedule, the project would last through the summer and severely impact all passenger train operations during peak travel months.
Passengers should visit bytrain.org to download adjusted schedules for both the Piedmont and Carolinian trains or call 1-800-BYTRAIN for information.
North Carolina’s Amtrak Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by the N.C Department of Transportation, and paid for with state funding and passenger fares. Reservations are required. Passengers are encouraged to book their tickets early for the best fares.