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    Connecting from Amtrak to Center City Philadelphia at 30th Street Station

    Here is the Wikipedia page for the deep dive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Gray_III
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    Connecting from Amtrak to Center City Philadelphia at 30th Street Station

    My wife and I took Amtrak to Philly a few years ago for our anniversary. We were late 40s at the time. I took a car to the Amtrak station and otherwise took Amtrak and then a taxi (Philly might have some union taxi drivers so I wanted to support them) to avoid Uber to the hotel that was...
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    Carolinian GSO-RVR end of July 2022

    I was on Facebook with someone in the know given his position in state government of NC. I thought the Thruway buses to the coast on North Carolina were state funded but based on my contact both buses are fully funded by Amtrak. The funding that was in place before Covid for a Thruway from...
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    Carolinian GSO-RVR end of July 2022

    Yes PART (Triad regional bus) and Go Triangle (Triangle regional bus) both meet at the UNC Hospitals area. One could take the Mountaineer East-West Express from Boone, NC to the Greensboro station and then a Amtrak Piedmont to Raleigh. The Carolinian could get you to Wilson but by the time...
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    Carolinian GSO-RVR end of July 2022

    My daughter is taking this very train TODAY and mentioned the business class was only a $20 upgrade. 90% full when I checked about changing her seat last evening. She may make that back on free beverages. And it is running late due to a down signal from a storm requiring a slow speed west of...
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    Booking with credit card companion coupon

    Yes part of my hour long ticket booking was trying to RPA discounts and then not getting that turned off when I thought I had done so on the phone app. To use a coupon have adult only fare set with no discounts.
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    Booking with credit card companion coupon

    You might just have to call and talk to a live person.
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    Carolinian GSO-RVR end of July 2022

    One other thing I should have mentioned. I was playing Open Rails and running the sim of the line from Greensboro to Raleigh. Someone jumped on the train in Durham and walked the entire length of the car in the wrong direction and when he turned around saw my computer screen and mentioned he...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    Explained above but I was counting the PDF pages. I think it was page 20 or 21 of a second document that was all part of one PDF file. I read the PDF inside of Firefox and the page numbers of the PDF were at the top of the web browser.
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    Piedmonts and Carolinian used by commuters

    High Point<>Greensboro could work and for this guy Greensboro<>Burlington does work. Durham<>Cary/Raleigh might be doable and Charlotte <>Concord. To me it would work best taking the Piedmont in the morning and then having that as an option in the afternoon/evening. The Carolinian is decent...
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    Carolinian GSO-RVR end of July 2022

    The wife and I took advantage of the credit card coupons and had our 29th Anniversary trip from Greensboro to Richmond last Friday to Sunday. On the way up we ended about 2 hours late and mostly we had to stop for a freight on, no surprises here, CSX a bit north of the NC-VA line. Then we had...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    North Carolina Railroad annual report for 2022 is here https://www.ncrr.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/NCRR_AR_2021_final.pdf Page 40 has some good info on the history and current agreement.
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    Piedmonts and Carolinian used by commuters

    I met someone on the platform at Greensboro last Friday that uses the Carolinian in the morning as a commuter. 5 days a week to Burlington, NC. i am not sure if he has a car ride or takes the Piedmont or Carolinian in the evening. We have some regional buses as well but he stated he never took...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    Since Amtrak has about a 10 min layover here I think some of the residents of my fair city that are less transportation-knowledgeable might set fire to the building. For some the freight trains passing through the crossing here are bad enough. Seeing a train not move for a quarter hour might...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    This is the 1895-1927 station that eventually became NS office space. The current station has been the Greensboro station from 1927 to 1979 or so and then 2005 to present day after renovations to make it Amtrak, city bus transit, regional bus transit, Greyhound, and model train club space...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    I am hoping a restoration of the roof but it may just be a rebuild of the internals. I do want something that allows public access such as a sandwich shop or something that does not a grease trap which can be problematic. A deli with chips could work and keep rent low enough to keep it open...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    The governor of NC at the time (1840s) was from Greensboro and made sure the line ran through Greensboro. The company leased the line to Southern around 1897 or 1899 for a century and I think it was a sweetheart deal. The state was majority owner but not 100% owner of all stock and that...
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    Thanks for the heads up. I am blaming the heat as I was thinking of the dread of having to go mow now. (But I am mowing today as I have a trip on Amtrak tomorrow so that is the motivation to get it done.
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    Greensboro pre-current station preservation

    Press release from North Carolina Railroad North Carolina Railroad Collaborates to Preserve, Restore Historic Train Depot - North Carolina Railroad Greensboro News and Record newspaper article and it might be paywalled by the time you get to the link Back on track: Historic Southern Railway...
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    NCDOT studies extending Amtrak service to Asheville and other cities

    Since you know all of these roads I will mention road names. When did you move away from this area? If you are back in this area do drop me a note here and maybe we can meet for a meal. We moved from the south side of Greensboro near the CF-line to McLeansville in 2009 and soon after NC DOT...
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