The North Carolina Department of Transportation said that as of March 18 rail passengers in the Raleigh-to-Charlotte corridor will now be able to reach their local destinations through public transportation after getting off the train by using a special transit pass.
The department said the pass is the result of a partnership between the NCDOT's Rail Division and 11 local transit agencies in that rail corridor.
The NC By Train transit pass will be available at no additional charge – for one ride and one transfer only on the day of travel – to passengers on board the Piedmont and Carolinian trains in select cities. Passengers should request the pass from conductors while on the train and present it when boarding the transit partner's bus, the announcement said.
"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, Rail Division director. "This new program will provide our customers with a seamless option from boarding the train to their next stop."
NC By Train's Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by the state DOT and operated by Amtrak. They provide daily service from Raleigh to Charlotte, plus seven stops in between.
Debbie Collins, director of the NCDOT's Public Transportation Division, said: "The transit pass will help connect travelers safely and efficiently to their next destination. This option also offers a cost-effective, environmentally friendly transportation alternative that reduces congestion on roadways."
The department said that new pass can be used with the following transit partners: 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.