August 14, 2015 North Carolina’s Amtrak Expands Walk-Up Bike Service to the Carolinian

Kimberly Woods

Amtrak Contact

202 906.3860


Julia Casadonte

NCDOT Contact

919 707.2675

Reservations required; limited space available

WASHINGTON – Amtrak and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are expanding the availability of free walk-up bike service. The Carolinian has joined the Piedmont in offering passengers the convenience of traveling with their bikes at select stations between Raleigh and Charlotte.

This enhanced service provides passengers with a way to explore North Carolina with their bikes and without the hassles of driving and parking.

Passengers will be able to hand their bikes to an Amtrak crew member, who will then hang the bike on a rack in the baggage cars. The service is being offered at stations in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte with advance reservation only. Passengers checking their bikes must arrive at the station 30 minutes prior to the train departure to allow time to purchase a ticket and obtain a baggage tag, and transport the bike to the baggage car. Only standard bikes will be permitted. If equipped with a large seat/saddle bags, the items must be removed from the bike and checked or carried on the train.

Amtrak stations with ticketing and baggage service that currently provide boxed bike service will continue to offer this service. Standard bike policy and charges apply on trains where applicable. Passengers can book travel online, by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL or by using a mobile device or Amtrak eTicketing.

The Piedmont travels between Charlotte and Raleigh. The Carolinian covers the same route, with service extending up the East Coast to New York City.

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