North Carolina rail passengers will now be able to reach their local destination through public transportation after getting off the train by using a transit pass, made possible through a partnership between the N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division and 11 local transit systems along the Raleigh-to-Charlotte rail corridor.
“This new transfer pass will help our NC By Train riders complete their journey using the existing and available transit options offered by our local partners,” said Paul Worley, director of NCDOT’s Rail Division. “This new program will provide our customers with a seamless option from boarding the train to their next stop.”
Starting March 18, the NC By Train transit pass will be available at no additional charge to passengers on board the Piedmont and Carolinian trains in select cities. Passengers simply need to request the pass from conductors while on the train and present it when boarding the transit partner’s bus. The pass is valid for one ride and one transfer only on the day of travel.
“The transit pass will help connect travelers safely and efficiently to their next destination,” said Debbie Collins, director of NCDOT’s Public Transportation Division. “This option also offers a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly transportation alternative that reduces congestion on roadways.”
The pass can be used for GoRaleigh, GoCary, GoTriangle, GoDurham, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, Greensboro Transit Authority and Higher Education Area Transit, High Point Transit System, Rowan Transit System, Salisbury Transit System, Concord Kannapolis Area Transit, and Charlotte Area Transit System.
NC By Train’s Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by NCDOT and operated by Amtrak. The trains provide daily service from Raleigh to Charlotte, plus seven additional stops in between.