- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Amtrak is considering providing service from Asheville, not by rail but by bus.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1tO6uic) the rail passenger service is studying the establishment of dedicated bus service as soon as 2016 to carry passengers between Asheville and Salisbury, where they could connect with trains serving several other Piedmont cities and possibly as far north as Boston.

Paul Worley of the state Department of Transportation’s Rail Division said the bus service would give travelers to and from Asheville and seven other communities access to train travel in the near future. It’s hoped that service will build enough ridership to justify passenger trains between Asheville and Salisbury.

Worley said the study would probably have to show bus service would break even before Amtrak or the state would establish it.


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