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Charlotte (Amtrak station)

Station entrance
Location 1914 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
Owned by Norfolk Southern Railway
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections CATS: 11
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code CLT
Opened 1961
Passengers (2013) 201,481[1] 4.3%
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans
toward New York City
Terminus Carolinian
toward New York City
toward Raleigh

The Charlotte Amtrak Station is located on North Tryon Street, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the northeast of downtown Charlotte. It is the southern terminus for the Carolinian and Piedmont, and a stop on the Crescent.

The current station was built in 1961 by Southern Railway as a replacement for the former Southern Railway passenger station located near the intersection of Trade Street and 4th Street in downtown. (The former downtown station was torn down in 1962 as Southern Railway's passenger services were being eliminated).[2] Southern Railway used the 1961 station as a stop for its passenger trains until 1979, when it turned over its remaining passenger routes to Amtrak. The old Seaboard Air Line Railroad Passenger Station, located on the current CSX Charlotte-Wilmington mainline, is just off Tryon Street a couple of blocks south of the Amtrak station. It is currently being used as a homeless shelter known as the Urban Ministry Center.

The current station's exterior incorporates dark brown brick and large, angled concrete panels covered in pebble-dash. Interspersed with these heavy, solid elements are transparent walls of glass, which coupled with clerestory windows beneath the roof, allow ample natural light to flood the waiting room. In keeping with the aesthetics of Mid-Century Modern architecture, the station has minimal applied ornamentation. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Amtrak expanded the waiting room in 2002 and added an additional ticket window.[3]

The proposed Gateway Station in Uptown will serve as a replacement for this facility.[4]



  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of North Carolina" (PDF).  
  2. ^ Ward, Ralph. Southern Railway Depots, Vol. 1 North Carolina. Published by the author: Asheboro, NC. ISBN 0-9622999-1-X
  3. ^ "Charlotte Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Rainey, Amy (January 16, 2008). "The Ever-Changing Face of the Queen City - Here's the Scoop on Some Projects Going Up, In and Around Your Neighborhood".  

External links

  • Amtrak – Stations – Charlotte, NC
  • Charlotte Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
  • Charlotte, NC (CLT) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
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