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A bus pulls into the Amtrak stattion in Wilson. Starting Oct. 3, shuttle buses will connect with high-speed passenger rail service nationwide.
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A bus pulls into the Amtrak stattion in Wilson. Starting Oct. 3, shuttle buses will connect with high-speed passenger rail service nationwide.

Amtrak shuttle tickets offered

By Wesley Brown

The Daily Reflector

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Tickets are available for a new line of Amtrak shuttle buses that starting on Oct. 3 will connect Greenville with passenger rail service nationwide, the federal train operator announced this week.

Passengers can now book their seats on the newly dedicated motor coach line — dubbed “Thruway Service” — either by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL, visiting Amtrak.com or downloading the rail line’s mobile app.


Customers have their choice between two shuttle routes, each of which will connect eight eastern North Carolina cities with the Amtrak Palmetto train at the station in Wilson.

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I may be wrong but

I want high-speed service to Raleigh and Charlotte. I think that's what the majority were expecting.

Another waste of government

Another waste of government money what a surprise. What about having the politician who sponsored this charge riders to pay the cost of running the bus. If they make money then good, if not then the politician pays out of his pocket. That's called free enterprise. That's why there is no commercial entity running the bus.

Another waste of government

Another waste of government money what a surprise. What about having the politician who sponsored this charge riders to pay the cost of running the bus. If they make money then good, if not then the politician pays out of his pocket. That's called free enterprise. That's why there is no commercial entity running the bus.

Time to kill

As if riding the train didn't take long enough to get from point B to C, you now can add bus service to slowly get you from point A to B. How in the world did a once profitable means of transportation become such a cluster? You guessed it, the government "owns" it. Despite the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970's explicitly stating "The Corporation will not be an agency or establishment of the United States Government" they managed to secure/own all the outstanding and issued stocks of "America's Track." Even politicians know it is a joke. After several acts later (4R and the Staggers Rail Act) they made a stand and did the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997, which drew a line in the sand stating they had to be profitable after 2002 or lose all federal funding. As all politicians do, a new shiny ball appeared and they forgot about the cutoff date and continue to fund this leaky faucet, despite creating a council in 2001 to oversee that it is followed up on. I like the train; use it when in DC and north. The fact is if they want people east of 95 to utilize the train they need to bring service (not a bus) to town. That being said, my feeling is it would be a waste of taxpayer money to do so. Adding a bus service that is going to burn 50 gallons of diesel (at $4.10 per gallon) each day/per bus (just on the Greenville legs) to gain maybe one or two passengers that wouldn't already drive to Rocky Mount, is simply a PR stunt to help promote a failing government business adventure and make Greenville and eastern NC feel "Big City."

But Jack,it makes the

But Jack,it makes the bureaucrats feel good about themselves.Thay's all that matters.

what a waste

notice the crowds in the picture waiting for the train typical bureaucratic stupidity and Greenville thinks this is smart planning? hmmm

Crowds

About once a year I go to DC. My practice is to drive and park at the Rocky Mount Amtrak station. Usually about 20 or so people are there for the train. And the train is actually pretty full and close to SRO after Richmond. I know some older folks in Rocky Mount who use the train almost monthly for weekends in DC--hotel rates are down on weekends and they shop and enjoy the restaurants and whatever. So the trains are used. The question is whether the bus service will bring more passengers and will people like me prefer to use the bus instead of driving to the station? I will probably still drive to Rocky Mount or Wilson. I enjoy the train, the seats and leg room are much better than the airlines, the aisles are wide, and you arrive at Union Station near the Capitol Building and it has a Metro stop so you can get most anywhere in a hurry. And, it is not very expensive for a round trip. Try it--you might like it.

Agree better so what can I say but my experience

I was literally screwed by Delta(paid for first class) on a Thursday from NYC delayed and then finally cancelled. Guess what, next flight they could give me was on Friday @ 6:30 pm to Raleigh. Now knowing that the day they delayed me to was to be a major storm in NYC I looked at them and said you are kidding right ( I had paid first class seats) and with a straight face they said yes. So I paid taxi again back to Manhattan and went on internet for any airline to get home and all sold out. Decided to do Amtrak business class to Raleigh. Guess what much less hassle, home one our prior to departure and that flight did not depart for at least 4 hours after original (this was the BS flight they put me on) I was in taxi in Raleigh when Delta finally called back and I said cancel cause I am taking Amtrak, and yes didn't bother to tell them I was already in Raleigh and on way to my car.Bus would be nice to not leave car in the Ghetto of Rocky Mount (would NEVER go to Wilson). Bottom line with the wait in airports and connections the train ride was awesome,,,no BS We need more options that are reilable.

well if you take the bus

thats one rider

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