First Amtrak train leaves Raleigh’s new Union Station

Wake County News

The first Amtrak train to leave Raleigh’s new Union Station left around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, bound for Charlotte.

This comes after months of delays including an issue with the slope from a center platform being too steep.

Amtrak had to work quickly overnight as the last train arrived at the old station at 10 p.m. and after passengers left, everything was shifted to the new 26,000 square-foot facility.

So, what can commuters can expect when they stop by Union Station for the first time?

Aside from the obvious aesthetic upgrades, project coordinator Eric Juarez said that this is the first two-sided elevated platform south of Washington, D.C., where passengers won’t have to step up or down to get onto trains.

Union Station also features multiple amenities such as stores, shops and even a butterfly garden near the expanded waiting area.

There will be four daily round trips from Raleigh to Charlotte, as well as stops in Cary, Durham, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis.

With 10 trains scheduled per day, more than 150,000 people are expected through the building every year and that number will grow as more routes are added.

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