Carrie & Ashley Vance are an aunt and niece duo using the Piedmont to travel within North Carolina while visiting relatives. Although Carrie has been using Amtrak for that purpose for years, this trip was the first time Ashley had joined her. Read on for what they think about their ride and train travel:
WHERE ARE YOU RIDING TO?
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THE TRAIN?
C: First because I don’t have to deal with traffic on the highway and it’s cheaper, so I don’t have to deal with all the crazy drivers.
A: This is my first time. It’s more comfortable and convenient.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT RIDING THE TRAIN?
C: It’s relaxing, stress-free, and you get to meet different people.
IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BY TRAIN ANYWHERE IN THE US, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
C: Out west to see all the scenery. My aunt rides the train when she comes to visit from California, and that route is beautiful.
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAIN TRAVEL CAN BE USEFUL FOR EVERYDAY COMMUTERS? PEOPLE LOOKING TO TRAVEL?
C: It takes a long time some times but I guess with anything it could be late.
WOULD YOU CONSIDER TAKING THE TRAIN MORE IN THE FUTURE?
A: I definitely would. I like the ride, it’s peaceful.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE PASSENGER RAIL OPTIONS IN YOUR AREA?
C: It would be nice because we live in Western Salem and we take the bus to high point. We used to have a station years ago and then they closed it.
A: It would be nice to have more in my home town.