WHAT IS CAPT?
The Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains (CAPT) is an independent
organization of citizens dedicated to the improvement
and expansion of passenger rail service, as part of a balanced transportation
policy, through and within the Carolinas. It was established in 1982.
CAPT is not affiliated with Amtrak
or any state DOT. Meetings are held every other month in various cities
within the two states. The general membership meeting is usually scheduled
in October of each year.
CAPT is incorporated (SC) as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization
and is funded by membership dues and contributions.
CAPT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
CAPT publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and periodic action alerts about
how to help make passenger service in the Carolinas a viable component
of our nation's transportation infrastructure. CAPT also cooperates with
and supports other rail organizations working to help ensure a strong national
passenger rail system.
Increased daytime passenger service along the Piedmont Corridor (Raleigh-Charlotte-Columbia)
with connections to the Northeast Corridor, Atlanta and Florida.
Extension of services connecting coastal Carolina cities (Charleston, Wilmington
and Morehead City) and Asheville, Fort Mill, SC, Greenville, NC, and Winston-Salem,
NC to the Piedmont Corridor.
Promotion of increased ridership and frequencies of all Carolina passenger
Improved safety for all trains and vehicles at grade level crossings.
Promotion of rail transit as an alternative to increased highway capacity
in those situations where urban growth patterns and transport demands indicate
that rail can be a viable component of a region's congestion management
or air quality program.
Increased coordination of passenger rail services with other forms of public
transportation which includes air, intercity bus and local and regional
Suppporting the timely planning and implementation of the high speed rail
corridor through North and South Carolina.