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New website makes train travel easier

RALEIGH – Traveling by train in North Carolina? Today, the N.C. Department of Transportation launched ncbytrain.org, a new website that makes it easier than ever to experience North Carolina by rail.
“This website helps us better accommodate the growing number of people choosing to travel by train in North Carolina, and make their experience better and more convenient than ever before,” said Rail Division Director Paul Worley.
The new site offers a navigable one-stop shop for buying train tickets, checking the status of a train or locating a station. The site also features the latest news about the Rail Division, information about projects to improve rail service, and details about safety initiatives.
The site launch comes at a time when more people than ever are taking the train. North Carolina’s state-supported Piedmont and Carolinian trains continue to be among the most rapidly growing in the Amtrak system, setting new ridership and revenue records in federal fiscal year 2013. To keep up with increasing demand, the NCDOT Rail Division is investing $520 million through the Piedmont Improvement Program to expand and improve the state-owned rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte for freight and passenger trains and add two additional daily round trips of the Piedmont Service.

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