Money holds up connection between Asheville, Amtrak service
ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — An official with the N.C. Department of Transportation says the need for a funding source appears to be the key obstacle to providing bus service between Asheville and the Amtrak passenger station in Salisbury.
DOT Rail Division Head Paul Worley tells the Asheville Citizen-Times that if a study suggests the bus would draw at least a reasonable number of riders, the department would initiate talks with communities on the route to get support for the project, possibly including some funding.
Worley also said NCDOT also might enlist a tourism-oriented business or other sponsor to contribute in return for advertising and publicity benefits.
A new statewide rail plan adopted by the state Board of Transportation in August calls for the service to begin in 2018.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com