The Raleigh Amtrak Station, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is served by three passenger trains, the Silver Star, Piedmont and Carolinian. The street address is 320 West Cabarrus Street, and is located just to the southwest of downtown Raleigh.
Southern Railway built the station in 1950 after leaving Union Station. The station was not used for passenger trains from 1964 to 1985, when a pending abandonment of track by CSX Transportation forced Amtrak to move there from the former Seaboard Air Line station north of downtown.
The station is Amtrak's third busiest in the Southeast (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky) just behind Sanford and Orlando. Of the 16 North Carolina stations served by Amtrak, Raleigh was the busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 450 passengers daily.
Transportation agencies are studying a replacement station, possibly in conjunction with SEHSR or commuter service.
On April 23, 2010, a new draft for Raleigh's Multi-Modal Transit Center was announced for public review. The plan recycles Raleigh's old Union Station name for the new site. On June 29, 2011, North Carolina DOT released a proposed interim plan (priced at roughly $20 million compared to the upward of $150 million price tag for the long range "Union Station" concept transit hub) which would relocate the Amtrak station to a large old abandoned industrial site north of the present station within the 17-acre wye, a more cost-effective plan they call "adaptive resue," which could be incorporated into a future commuter-rail expansion.Routes
- Silver Star
- Route 7: South Saunders
- Route 11: Avent Ferry
- Route 21: Caraleigh
- Route 36: Garner Station