Raleigh (Amtrak station)

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Raleigh
Raleigh NC Amtrak Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 320 West Cabarrus Street
Raleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°46′30″N 78°38′39″W / 35.775138°N 78.644085°W / 35.775138; -78.644085Coordinates: 35°46′30″N 78°38′39″W / 35.775138°N 78.644085°W / 35.775138; -78.644085
Line(s)
Connections CAT Buses
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes; free
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 1950
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code RGH
Owned by North Carolina Railroad Company
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 159,584[1] Decrease 2.5%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Charlotte
Carolinian
Piedmont Terminus
toward Miami
Silver Star

The Raleigh Amtrak Station, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is served by three passenger trains, the Silver Star, Piedmont and Carolinian. The street address is 320 West Cabarrus Street, and is located just to the southwest of downtown Raleigh.

Southern Railway built the station in 1950 after leaving Union Station. The station was not used for passenger trains from 1964 to 1985, when a pending abandonment of track by CSX Transportation forced Amtrak to move there from the former Seaboard Air Line station north of downtown.

The station is Amtrak's third busiest in the Southeast (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky) just behind Sanford and Orlando.[2]

Because the station is small and has little parking, transportation agencies have studied a replacement station, possibly in conjunction with SEHSR or commuter rail service. On April 23, 2010, the City of Raleigh proposed an extensive multimodal transit center.[3][4] The plan recycled Raleigh's old Union Station name for the project.[5] On June 29, 2011, North Carolina DOT put forward a less costly plan that would relocate the Amtrak station to a large abandoned industrial site, sometimes called the Viaduct Building, a short distance north of the present station. The NCDOT plan focused on Amtrak's needs, with provisions to add commuter rail and SEHSR later.[6][7] Construction of the new station as proposed by NCDOT has been fully funded, and the anticipated opening is in early 2017.[8][9]

Routes[edit]

Gallery[edit]

CAT Bus Connections[edit]

  • Route 7: South Saunders
  • Route 11: Avent Ferry
  • Route 21: Caraleigh
  • Route 36: Garner Station

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "State Fact Sheets". Amtrak. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  3. ^ "The Official City of Raleigh Portal". Raleighnc.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  4. ^ Siceloff, Bruce (2010-04-23). "Raleigh will consider new transit proposal - Wake County". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  5. ^ "Plan for Raleigh transit hub picks up steam". WRAL.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  6. ^ Geary, Bob (2011-06-30). "DOT: We got yer Raleigh rail transit right here ... | Citizen". Indyweek.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  7. ^ Garfield, Matt (2011-06-30). "Building could save rail hub - Real Estate News". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  8. ^ Garfield, Matt (2012-09-21). "Federal official pledges more support for Raleigh train station". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  9. ^ Siceloff, Bruce (2012-11-09). "NC DOT advances plans for new Raleigh Amtrak station". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 

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