Passenger train service returned to Cary when NCDOT and Amtrak began the Piedmont service in May 1995. Passengers boarded the trains from a 200-foot platform beside the NCRR tracks. Built by the NCDOT, this platform served as Cary’s “station” for Piedmont and Carolinian passengers for more than a year while the current Cary Depot was being built. Cary’s historic passenger station had been torn down in the 1970s. The current Cary Depot, built by the town of Cary and Triangle Transit Authority, was completed in 1996. It houses a waiting area for Amtrak passengers and local and regional transit bus patrons. The Depot is located at 211 North Academy Street.

In 2006, a platform was constructed on the CSX line and the Silver Star (New York to Miami) began daily service to Cary. The CSX “S-line” platform was paid for by NCDOT Rail Division ($270,000) and the Town of Cary ($30,000). Future Project: NCDOT has developed construction drawings for expanding the Cary Depot to accommodate a fully staffed Amtrak station including ticketing and baggage services. The waiting room will be expanded from 500 square feet to 2,400 square feet. In addition, Platform A will be extended by 200 feet to accommodate quicker and safer passenger boardings and additional parking spaces across N. Academy Street.

This is 5 of 5 drawing of downtown Cary that will be for sale at Lazy Daze, August 27, 9-5, booth A37.

Brenda Priest
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