DOT intercity train service gaining traction, highest ridership

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports their intercity train service is gaining traction as a viable option for travel.

NC By Train saw its highest ridership in March and the DOT plans more stops. In March, NC By Train had over 66,600 passengers.

“The ongoing record ridership shows that people love the service and are using it. We want even more people to see how using NC By Train can be an option for them,” said Jason Orthner, NCDOT Rail Division director. “We’re excited to partner with a variety of cities and organizations along the Piedmont Corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to show people all the places and events they can get to using the train.”

The DOT says the service will support special schedules for events going on around the state. They highlighted these as upcoming examples:

  • High Point Market, April 13-17
  • Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury, May 18
  • Rides toward High Point Rockers Stadium for concerts, festivals, and events

Those interested in planning a trip are encouraged to book their trips soon through the service’s website as seats are limited. There are a variety of discounts available through the service, according to the DOT.