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N.C.'s Passenger Rail Service Breaks Annual Record for Ridership

​​​​​North Carolina's passenger rail service broke its annual record for ridership in 2022. More than 522,000 people rode NC By Train, the intercity rail service that has served North Carolina for 32 years.  

RALEIGH – NC By Train – North Carolina’s intercity passenger rail service between Raleigh, Charlotte, and the Northeast – experienced its highest total ridership in 2022.

At a time when travel patterns have experienced great disruption and faced significant uncertainty, intercity train travel in North Carolina is experiencing record ridership. Between January and December of 2022, more than 522,000 passengers rode NC By Train, which has four daily roundtrips between Raleigh and Charlotte and service to the Northeast. That's more people than have ridden the train in its 32-year history. 

"North Carolina's passenger rail is critical to connecting our communities, and it’s great to see a record number of people taking advantage of it," said Governor Roy Cooper. "We're going to continue to invest in public transportation across our state."  

“We’re pleased to see that so many North Carolinians are taking advantage of everything train travel has to offer,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “It’s an easy way to get to your destination without all the stress of driving.” 

While October saw the highest number of riders in a month, with 55,493 traveling, December also set a record and was the third best monthly ridership of all time. NC By Train services, which include The Piedmont (Charlotte to Raleigh) and Carolinian (Charlotte to New York) trains, carried over 48,600 riders in December, beating the previous ridership record by over 10%. 

NC By Train provides multiple trains throughout the day between Raleigh and Charlotte with stops in Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis, as well as daily service connecting Charlotte, Raleigh and New York via the Carolinian. The service has operated since 1990.

NC By Train has a lot of offer its passengers, including large seats, free WiFi outlets and large windows so passengers can witness the beauty of North Carolina.

To book your next trip on the train, visit NC By Train and don’t forget to check out the everyday discounts for children, seniors, groups and more.


1/18/2023 3:01 PM