Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Carolinian’

2 Piedmonts Canceled Due to Track Work

July 19, 2021

Track work being performed by Norfolk Southern has led to the cancellation of Piedmont Service trains 74 and 75 between July 19 to 22.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said other Piedmont Service trains and the New York-Charlotte Carolinian would not be affected by the track work and would operate as normal.

No alternative transportation is being provided for passengers displaced from Nos. 74 and 75 during the period.

The trains operate between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Changes Made to NC Connector Service

May 21, 2021

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation has modified some NC Connector service between High Point and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

PART will incorporate Route 1 and Route 3 to allow connections between High Point and Winston-Salem.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers will need to transfer at PARTs Coble Transportation Center in Greensboro from one route to another, depending on direction of travel.

Passengers boarding at the Winston-Salem Clark Campbell Transportation Center or Winston-Salem State University will board PART Route 1 schedule service to the Coble Transportation Center.

Upon boarding, the driver will verify travel document and issue a PART Paper Token. The Winston Salem State University stop has been relocated just north of the current stop to Union Station.

When arriving at Coble Transportation Center, passengers will use the PART Paper Token to transfer onto PART Route 3 schedule service that will proceed to the High Point Train station.

Westbound passengers coming from Piedmont and Carolinian trains will need to collect a PART Paper Token from a station agent before proceeding on PART Route 3 schedule service to Coble Transportation Center.

When arriving at Coble Transportation Center, passengers will use the PART Paper Token to transfer onto Route 1 schedule service that will proceed to the Winston-Salem Clark Campbell Transportation Center and then Winston-Salem State University.

Route 1 connections at the Winston-Salem Clark Cable Station are at the L-1 slip located on the side of WS Depot facility on North Liberty Street.

At Winston-Salem University,  Route 1 connections are located at the PART Bus Stop sign in front of the Union Station building. Passengers have three routes to connect to campus.

At the High Point Terminal,  Route 3 connections are at the High Point Terminal Outer Slip.

Track Work Affects Florida Trains

April 6, 2021

CSX track work has resulted in service changes for the Silver Star, Silver Meteor and Virginia corridor service.

Between April 2 and May 5 operations will be affected as follows.

On Friday through Sunday, April 3-May 5, the Silver Star will operate normally between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

Train 81 will depart Savannah at 4:33 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal; Jacksonville, Florida, at 7:29 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal, and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Jacksonville and Miami.

On Thursday through Saturday, April 2-May 1, the northbound Silver Star will operate normally between Miami and Hamlet, North Carolina. Train 92 will leave Hamlet at 6:29 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal; Raleigh, North Carolina, at 9:15 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal, and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Raleigh and New York.

On Monday through Thursday, April 19-May 5, the southbound Silver Meteor will depart Savannah at 6:45 a.m., 5 minutes later than normal, Jacksonville at 9:59 a.m., 25 minutes later than normal and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Jacksonville and Miami.

On Sunday through Wednesday, April 18-May 5, the northbound Silver Meteor will depart Savannah at 7:51 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal; Charleston at 9:42 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal, and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Charleston and New York.

Amtrak Thruway bus schedules 6091, 6097, 6291, 7591/7991 and 7597/7997will be adjusted to reflect later connection times.

The Carolinian, Palmetto and Auto Trains can expect up to 30 minute delays.

3rd Piedmont Service RT To be Reinstated

March 27, 2021

Amtrak in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will restore the third daily Piedmont Service roundtrip on April 5 in the Charlotte-Raleigh corridor.

In a news release, Amtrak said this will restore Piedmont Service to its pre-pandemic level.

The state also funds a fourth pair of trains in the corridor, the Charlotte-New York Carolinian.

Intermediate stops include Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis. 

CSX Track Work Disrupts Southeast Service

March 19, 2021

CSX track work has affected the operations of several Amtrak trains in the Southeast through April 25.

The southbound Silver Star will on Friday through Sunday depart Savannah, Georgia, at 4:33 a.m, 15 minutes later than normal.

Train 91 will depart Jacksonville, Florida, at 7:29 a.m, 30 minutes later than normal and depart later at all stations between Jacksonville and Miami.

On March 18, 26 and April 2, No. 91 will stop in North Carolina at Selma and Wilson and depart all stations from Raleigh to Denmark, South Carolina, six minutes later than normal, Savannah 21 minutes later than normal and all stations from Jacksonville to Miami 36 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Silver Star on Thursday through Saturday will depart Hamlet, North Carolina, at 6:29 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal.

It will depart Raleigh at 9:15 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal and depart later at all stations between Raleigh and New York.

On March 19 and 26 and April 2, No. 92 will stop at Selma and Wilson and depart Hamlet at 6:29 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal.

It will depart Raleigh at 9:15 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal, Rocky Mount 39 minutes later than normal and operate 37 minutes later at all stations from Petersburg, Virginia, to Alexandria, Virginia, and 35 minutes later than normal from Washington to New York.

The Carolinian will operate between Charlotte and Raleigh on Monday through Thursday between March 29 and April 1.

No alternative transportation is being provided between New York and Raleigh.

On March 16 through March 28 Train 79 will depart Selma at 4:58 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal and operate on that later schedule to Charlotte.

On March 16 through March 28, Train 80 will depart Rocky Mount at 11:40 a.m., five minutes later than normal, Petersburg at 1:21 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal, Richmond Staples Mill at 2:31 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal and operate on this later schedule to Washington.

The southbound Palmetto will operate operate between New York and Washington only on Mondays and Thursdays with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Savannah.

No. 89 will operate on Saturdays between New York and Savannah, departing Florence, South Carolina, at 5:59 p.m., 15 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Palmetto will operates on Wednesdays and Fridays between Washington and New York, with no alternate transportation provided between Savannah and Washington.

No. 90 will operate between Savannah and New York on Saturdays, departing Richmond Staples Mill at 5:39 p.m., 15 minutes later than normal and operating on a later schedule to Washington.

The train will depart Washington  at its normal time of 8:30 p.m.

The southbound Silver Meteor during the period of March 15 to April 1 will depart Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1:37 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal, Florence at 3:33 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal and Savannah at 7:10 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal. It will operate on this later schedule at all stations to Miami.

The northbound Silver Meteor during the period of March 14 through March 31 will depart Kingstree, South Carolina, at 10:21 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal, Rocky Mount at 2:29 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal and Richmond Staples Mill at 4:57 a.m., 25 minutes later than normal. It will operate on this later schedule at all stations to New York.

The Auto Train is expected to be delayed by 20 minutes in each direction.

Salisbury Station to Get Second Boarding Platform

March 5, 2021

A second boarding platform will be built at the Amtrak station in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The city council of Salisbury approved an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the $19.75 million project.

The cost includes right-of –way acquisition to enable expanded freight and passenger service at the station location.

Most of the funding will come from the state with the city chipping in $780,000.

Work is expected to be finished in 2024. Salisbury is served by the Crescent, Piedmont Service and the Carolinian.

Piedmont Roundtrip to be Restored

August 7, 2020

Amtrak will restore operation of one roundtrip of the state-funded Piedmont Service in North Carolina on Aug. 10.

The service, which is funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, had been suspended in May due to declining ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online reports indicated that Nos. 73 and 76 will return using Amtrak equipment of a P42DC locomotive and Amfleet coaches.

Currently the only Amtrak service between Raleigh and Charlotte is the Carolinian, which operated between Charlotte and New York and is also funded by NCDOT.

In a news release, NCDOT said passengers will be required to wear facial coverings in stations and on trains.

The capacity of the trains is being limited in order to enable physical distancing.

NCDOT rail division spokeswoman Katie Trout said Piedmont service is returning due to a uptick in ridership in the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor.

Trout said demand for rail travel in North Carolina had dropped 95 percent by mid-April but has since rebounded.

The Carolinian, she said, is now operating at 50 percent of its 2019 ridership.

“We are seeing a growing demand for service as folks look to safely get back out,” she said.

Before the pandemic struck last spring NCDOT and Amtrak had operated three Piedmont Service roundtrips between Raleigh and Charlotte.

That fell to one roundtrip in late March when the Carolinian also was suspended.

In May, the Carolinian was reinstated and the last Piedmont Service still running was dropped.

Track Work to Delay Palmetto, Carolinian

July 20, 2020

Track work being performed by CSX on Monday, July 20 is expected to delay two Amtrak trains.

In a service advisory Amtrak said the work between Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Petersburg, Virginia may delay the Palmetto and Carolinian for up to 90 minutes.

 

Amtrak Thruway to Serve New N.C. Transit Hub

July 15, 2020

A new transit hub being built in Jacksonville, North Carolina, will be served by Amtrak Thruway buses

The 15,000-square foot facility will also serve local public transportation buses and Greyhound.

The hub is under construction and being funded by $8.9 million in federal and state funds and $1.1 million in local funding.

It is being described as the city’s first building designed to house many public transportation services to be “heavily resistant” to hurricanes.

Jacksonville is located on a Thruway route that links with Amtrak’s Palmetto and Carolinian at Wilson, North Carolina.

Piedmonts to be Suspended, Carolinian Reinstated

May 15, 2020

Amtrak’s Piedmont Service trains 75 and 76 will be suspended after their trips on May 17 because the North Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to save money.

Piedmonts 73, 74, 77 and 78 had been suspended earlier due to ridership declines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDOT officials said tax revenue is down sharply during the pandemic and the agency has been forced to trim spending.

However, service between Charlotte and Raleigh won’t vanish completely.

The New York-Charlotte Carolinian will resume operating on May 18 but will operate only between Charlotte and Raleigh.

NCDOT Director of the Rail Division Jason Orthner said the state hopes that resumption of service by the Carolinian to New York will happen sometime in June.

However, the Amtrak reservation system shows the Carolinian as operating north of Raleigh starting June 1.

Currently Piedmonts 75 and 76 are the only intercity rail service between Charlotte and Raleigh.

Orthner said suspending Piedmont Service will save NCDOT about $13,000 a day, primarily due to not operating the state-owned locomotives and passenger cars.

The equipment used on the Carolinian is owned by Amtrak.

He said NCDOT continues to pay Amtrak provide passenger rail service in North Carolina during the pandemic, though at a 20 percent discount because of a subsidy provided through the CARES Act.

How long the Piedmonts are suspended will depend on how long the pandemic lasts and when state finances improve.

“We don’t have a definitive timeframe yet,” Orthner said.

NCDOT is projecting a loss of $300 million less in revenue than expected in March, April and May, and forecasts losses will be higher in the coming year.

Officials have attributed the revenue loss to falling taxes collected from the fuel sale and fewer fees being paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Under normal circumstances Amtrak operates four roundtrips between Charlotte and Raleigh per day, all funded by the state.