Current Station: The Southern Railway Company built the current Amtrak station in 1950. Southern Railway discontinued passenger service to their Raleigh station in 1964. Passenger train service to this old station resumed in 1984 when Amtrak moved from the old Raleigh Seaboard station. The station currently accommodates six passenger trains daily, consisting of the north and south bound Carolinian, Piedmont and Silver Star.
Project OVerview: Raleigh is one of the busiest stations in North Carolina and in the South. As a result, Amtrak spent more than $580,000 to expand waiting room space and to add a First Class passenger lounge. Additional long-term parking is planned for late 2008.
Proposed Project: A new station is needed to accommodate Raleigh's current passengers and prepare for improved and expanded train service in the next few years. Recent studies have determined that a new station may need to accommodate over 500,000 passengers annually by 2015.
Project Status: Conceptual planning for a new Raleigh multi-modal center is underway.
Financing: Sources and amounts unknown.