News: Amtrak to provide bus shuttle to Wilson N.C. Train Station
Story by Lance Cpl. Nikki Phongsisattanak
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Military members from Eastern North Carolina will have a new system of transportation available to them next month.
Starting Oct. 3 Amtrak will provide two new Thruway bus service routes to transport travelers from the coastal areas and connect with the Amtrak Palmetto train service at the Amtrak Station in Wilson, N.C.
A large number of young and new service members from military installations such as Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point and New River reside in Eastern Carolina. Many of them may not have vehicles of their own, making the hunt for a means of transportation difficult or costly.
“If you don’t have a vehicle it can be difficult to travel long distances from Jacksonville,” said Anthony Prinz, the metropolitan planning organization administrator with Jacksonville Metropolitan Planning Organization. “The (Thruway bus service) gives the Marines another opportunity for increased mobility. I feel this will be a very convenient and cost effective form of transportation for our service members.”
Catching a flight can be time consuming. Flyers are expected to arrive early to check in, and flights can be delayed and canceled. Sometimes flights may not be available. Purchasing tickets days before the date of a flight can also result in expensive ticket prices.
With Amtrak’s Thruway service, passengers can book tickets by calling, using the website or utilizing Amtrak’s mobile application. Passengers can use the eTicketing system to print tickets or use a smartphone to present the eTicket.
“Amtrak is very aggressive about implementing this service,” said Prinz. “They were successful with these types of systems in other parts of the country. They feel this is a great market and feel these shuttle services can be beneficial and helpful to the service members as well as the community.”
For more information about Amtrak services visit www.Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.