Amtrak Thruway Service

Wave Transit proudly offers Amtrak Thruway service from Forden Station.  Starting Oct. 3, 2012, Amtrak is establishing two new Thruway bus service routes to Eastern North Carolina, one serving the communities of Greenville, New Bern, Havelock and Morehead City, and a second serving Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville and Wilmington.  Both routes will connect with the Amtrak Palmetto train service at the Amtrak Station in Wilson, N.C.   
“The new Thruway bus services are an important connection that will bring Amtrak passengers to Eastern North Carolina communities and provide expanded transportation options for the people in the region,” said Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman. The Palmetto operates twice daily serving 20 stations between New York and Savannah, Ga., and also provides access to the Amtrak national network serving more than 500 stations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces.  Palmetto Train 89 (NYP - SAV) departs the Wilson Station at 2:22 p.m. and Palmetto Train 90 (SAV - NYP) departs the Wilson Station at 2:23 p.m. ATK-12-074.
Passengers may book travel now by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.  Tickets will also be available on and the mobile appThe Thruway bus service utilizes the new eTicketing system that allows passengers to print their tickets whenever, wherever or by using a smartphone to present the eTicket to the conductor. It also allows passengers increased flexibility to make or change reservations.
Using safe, modern, clean and comfortable intercity motorcoach equipment, Amtrak Thruway service will provide easy, convenient, coordinated train/bus connections. Based on successful models in many other states, the Eastern North Carolina expansion will work well to serve these diverse communities and destinations. The new Thruway service routes will provide service to colleges and universities, major military installations, and a number of cities and communities that have limited intercity public transportation options.

About Amtrak 
Amtrak is America’s Railroad, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator.  A record 30.2 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2011 on more than 300 daily trains - at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) - that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates intercity trains in partnership with 15 states and contracts with 13 commuter rail agencies to provide a variety of services.  Enjoy the journey at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.  Join us on and follow us at

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