Open houses are scheduled at train stations across North Carolina as part of National Train Day.
North Carolina's Amtrak will celebrate the day on Saturday at stations from Charlotte to Fayetteville. The open houses will also help raise awareness of the new midday train service between Raleigh and Charlotte scheduled to begin in June.
The new service will increase North Carolina's passenger rail service to six trains daily between the state's two largest cities.
Currently, the state sponsors four trains daily, the Piedmont and Carolinian, which make a morning and evening run between Raleigh and Charlotte. The Carolinian also provides daily service to Washington D.C. and New York.
Open houses are scheduled for Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis, Charlotte, Selma, Wilson, Rocky Mount and Fayetteville.
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