One subject was skipped over in Sunday's story about big Amtrak business at an overcrowded little station in Raleigh ("Rediscovering rail"), reader L. Beauchamp says:
I enjoyed reading your article on Amtrak very much but wonder why you did not mention the lamentable fact that the city of Raleigh has no bus service to the Amtrak station. It is unbelievable that the buses all originate at Moore Square Station not too far from Amtrak and surely could make a detour so riders would be able to leave their cars home to get the trains and return from their trips?
That's a good point. Jeff Mann of Amtrak did mention that Amtrak passengers frequently are looking for a bus when they step off the train: "I can't tell you how many folks we have who will arrive on a train and say, 'Which bus do I take to get to Crabtree Valley or North Hills?'"
Raleigh hopes to build what it calls a multi-modal center downtown, where buses and trains will be under one roof, or at least connected by a covered walkway.