North Carolina Amtrak service faces cancellations for track work

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A Piedmont travels the wye at the Raleigh Union Station site in January 2018. Piedmont and Carolinian service faces maintenance disruptions this month.
Bob Johnston

RALEIGH, N.C. — Amtrak service in North Carolina faces cancellations and schedule changes beginning Monday, Sept. 10, allowing for track work by Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The most notable disruption will come on Monday, Sept. 17, when the Carolinian and all three Piedmont round trips are cancelled.

According to a notice on Amtrak’s website, the following changes are planned:

— Sept. 10-13: The Carolinians, trains 79 and 80, will run only between Raleigh and Charlotte. Trains are cancelled between New York and Raleigh.

— Sept. 16: The northbound Silver Star, train 92, will depart Miami at 9:05 a.m., 2 hours, 45 minutes earlier than normal, and operate as train 1092. It will maintain an early schedule to New York.

— Sept. 17: The Carolinians and Piedmonts are cancelled (to allow for the installation of the second platform track at the new Raleigh Union Station, according to the Raleigh News & Observer). As with all other cancellations, no alternate transportation will be provided. The southbound Silver Star, train 91, will operate normally.

— Sept. 18: The Carolinians will operate between Raleigh and Charlotte only.

— Sept. 19: Piedmont trains 74, the 10:30 a.m. departure from Charlotte, and 75, the 1:10 p.m. departure from Raleigh, will be cancelled.

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