Amtrak to Roll Into Town
Another key to economic development will soon be turning as Amtrak has announced it will bring shuttle buses to Greenville, connecting the city with rail service.
Greenville City Council granted Amtrak rights to use the GREAT bus system’s transfer point on Reade Street as a pickup and dropoff site for the Thruway Service. Local leaders hope the connector will be the next step to getting rail service into town in the future.
This move has been in the works for a while and was recently endorsed by the Greenville Metropolitan Planning Organization in addition to the City Council. The Council passed a resolution stating that, “there is a vital need to provide passenger rail transportation to Greenville’s regional medical health centers and hospital, and to East Carolina University, a major state university with more than 30,000 students, faculty, and staff.”
The Thruway Service will also connect New Bern, Havelock, and Morehead City to the Amtrak station in Wilson where passengers can ride the rails to Georgia or New York. It is scheduled to begin service October 3, 2012.