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Residents can access Amtrak

By Staff Reports
Published in News on September 26, 2012 1:46 PM

Amtrak's new Thruway Motor Coach service will begin shuttling passengers from Wilmington, Jacksonville, Kinston and Goldsboro to the passenger train service's hub in Wilson Oct. 3.

The new service was announced in August and means passengers from Goldsboro now have a connection to Amtrak's entire service line, which serves 500 stations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces.

The Goldsboro pick-up and drop-off point will be at 1615 E. Beech St. near the GATEWAY transfer station. The route will pick up daily passengers bound for the Wilson station at 12:57 p.m. and will depart the station at 2:45 p.m. to return passengers to Goldsboro at 3:35 p.m.

The route will connect travelers with Amtrak's Palmetto line, which serves 20 stations between New York and Savannah, Ga. Both Palmetto lines (one southbound and one northbound) leave the Wilson station shortly after 2:20 p.m. daily.

Passengers bound for New York City's Penn Station can take a round trip to the Big Apple for $121 each way. The northbound trip takes a little more than 10 hours, while the return trip is just less than nine.

About seven hours and $64 each way separate Goldsboro passengers from Savannah.

A similar route connecting Morehead City, Havelock, New Bern and Greenville to the Wilson station will also debut, as the passenger rail service attempts to court more passengers from Eastern North Carolina.