NC By Train has highest ridership month in service history

Published 11:41 am Monday, April 15, 2024

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NC By Train, the state’s intercity passenger rail service, continues to see record ridership and plans for the momentum to continue as it adds special stops and partners with new groups.

NC By Train had its highest-ever combined ridership month in March 2024, carrying over 66,600 passengers.

“The ongoing record ridership shows that people love the service and are using it. We want even more people to see how using NC By Train can be an option for them,” said Jason Orthner, NCDOT Rail Division director. “We’re excited to partner with a variety of cities and organizations along the Piedmont Corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to show people all the places and events they can get to using the train.”

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As NC By Train ridership soars in 2024, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division continues to support special schedules for North Carolina events. All Piedmont and Carolinian services will stop for the High Point Market April 13-17 and the Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury May 18.

In addition to concerts, festivals and events, NC By Train is partnering with local sports teams to get riders on board. On May 12, people can take the train to High Point and then walk, take transit or request a rideshare less than a half a mile to the High Point Rockers stadium where NC By Train is the game day partner.

People wishing to ride the train are encouraged to book their tickets soon at as seats are limited and the services continue to be a popular option for travelers.

“Taking NC By Train is an environmentally friendly and sustainable transportation choice that helps reduce congestion on the state’s highway system and is an easy, hassle-free way to travel. With a variety of options and everyday discounts, like children under two ride for free and children under 12 are 50% off every day, your next trip is just a click away,” stated a news release from NCDOT.

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