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NC by Train continues record-breaking ridership trend, DOT says

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RALEIGH – After reporting record-breaking ridership in 2022, the state’s intercity passenger rail service achieved record ridership for the first quarter of 2023, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

January, February and March all broke monthly records for the NC by Train program, and the quarter as whole was more than a 30% increase over 2019 pre-pandemic first-quarter ridership, according to a news release. Ridership is up more than 50% over last year’s first-quarter numbers. In the first quarter of 2023, the Carolinian and Piedmont trains carried more than 135,000 passengers.

DOT says trains are comfortable and convenient transportation with features such as charging outlets at each seat and free WiFi. NC by Train offers everyday discounts for children, students, active military personnel, veterans and seniors.

Visit NC By Train for more information, to plan a trip and to buy tickets.


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