Charlotte, N.C. – NC By Train riders will now be able to reach their local destination through public transportation after getting off the train by using a transit pass, made possible through a partnership between the N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division and CATS, along with 10 other local transit systems along the Raleigh-to-Charlotte rail corridor.
Starting March 18, the NC By Train transit pass will be available at no additional charge to passengers on board the Piedmont and Carolinian trains in select cities. Passengers should request the pass from conductors while on the train and present it when boarding a CATS bus. The pass is valid for one ride and one transfer only on the day of travel.
"CATS is pleased to partner with NC By Train to offer citizens a simple way to complete their trip," said Olaf Kinard, CATS marketing and communications director. "After deboarding the train at the Amtrak station, CATS Route 11-North Tryon is conveniently located in front of the station for quick access to more CATS buses, the LYNX Blue Line and the CityLYNX Gold Line."
"The transit pass will help connect travelers safely and efficiently to their next destination," said Debbie Collins, director of NCDOT's Public Transportation Division. "This option also offers a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly transportation alternative that reduces congestion on roadways."
NC By Train's Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by NCDOT and operated by Amtrak. These trains provide daily service from Raleigh to Charlotte, plus seven additional stops in between.
To find out more about the NC By Train pass visit ridetranist.org and click on the NC By Train banner or contact Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).