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New Amtrak Motor Coach Service Headed To ENC

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Jul 26 2012 05:39:40 PM CDT
Eastern Carolina -

Amtrak has just finalized plans with the City of Greenville for a thruway service that will provide bus shuttles to and from their rail station in Wilson.

One of the proposed lines will begin in Morehead City, then head to New Bern, Greenville before getting to Wilson. 

Passengers can then get on the Palmetto line that goes to Savannah and New York twice daily.

Christina Leeds, an Amtrak representative said they wanted to expand their reach to smaller towns and cities that maybe don't have a lot of other modes of transportation. This new line will help college students and major military areas have a new and more economical way to travel.

"We based it on successful models in many other states and the Eastern North Carolina expansion will work well to serve the community," Leeds said.

The pick up bus stop for Greenville will be at Reede Circle, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Mayor Allen Thomas said this has been in the works for a while and he's excited Greenville will be hub for Amtrak activity.

"It provides an economical alternative to plane travel.  It will be similar to a train type ticket. When you go online and get your train ticket you'll be able to get this [service] as your first leg of your overall travel plans," Thomas said.

They haven't officially decided on the number of stops but more than likely there will be two stops per day once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Leeds said she couldn't give a definitive answer on when the shuttle service will begin. Mayor Thomas said he hopes it will start sometime this fall.