Raleigh, NC -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation is reminding train passengers who travel on North Carolina's Amtrak Piedmont and Carolinian between Raleigh and Charlotte that mid-day service will be suspended for the next 10 weeks beginning Monday, Feb. 14.
During the disruption in service, improvements will be made to enhance the ride, making it smoother, with better on-time reliability this spring.
Norfolk Southern Railway will begin reconditioning tracks, signals and bridges along the Raleigh to Charlotte corridor. All work is scheduled for completion Thursday, April 21, weather permitting. Crews will perform the work Monday through Thursday each week.
To accommodate the work, the Piedmont mid-day service (Trains 74 and 75) will be temporarily suspended Monday through Thursday, from Feb. 14 to April 21. No alternate transportation will be provided. Friday, Saturday and Sunday service will operate on modified schedules during this time.
The Piedmont morning and evening service (Trains 73 and 76) and the Carolinian morning and evening service (Trains 79 and 80) will run on modified schedules from Feb. 14 to April 21. The modified schedules are attached.
The temporary service suspensions and schedule adjustments are necessary to complete the project in just 10 weeks. Without the accelerated work schedule, the project would last through the summer and severely impact all passenger train operations during peak travel months.
Passengers can also download adjusted schedules for both the Piedmont and Carolinian trains at bytrain.org or call 1-800-BYTRAIN for information.
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