It should be a direct connection between the Triangle and Wilmington. If the route zig zags to include Fayetteville and Goldsboro on one rail line, it won't get as many riders because it won't be a time saver. But if there were smaller feeder lines that brought passengers to a Central line then I think it would be used. And while I would use it to take my family to Raleigh for the State Fair, museum days downtown etc, I think the DOT should consider that their passenger base that will be weekend vacation travelers and have provisions for pets in a climate controlled baggage car.
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