Officials hope service

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Havelock officials boarded the first bus Tuesday that connects to the Amtrak train station in Wilson.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM.

A new bus line bringing Amtrak service within a 2 1/2-hour ride of Havelock and other eastern North Carolina cities took its inaugural ride Tuesday.

One bus route starts in Morehead City and includes stops in Havelock, New Bern and Greenville before wrapping up at the Amtrak station in Wilson.

The other bus route includes Wilmington, Jacksonville, Kinston and Goldsboro.

"The new Thruway service is going to provide easy, convenient and coordinated connection throughout the Amtrak national network," said Todd Stennis, an Amtrak spokesman.

The bus is scheduled to arrive at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center at 10:49 a.m. and arrive in Wilson at 1:27 p.m. On the return trip, the bus leaves Wilson at 2:45 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Havelock at 5:26 p.m.

"It will be great for our Havelock residents and our base to have another mode of transportation, and it’s free advertising for us," said Havelock city manager Jim Freeman, pointing out that the bus stop is at the tourist center where exhibits feature Marine Corps aviation and Cherry Point.

New York City is the northernmost destination available via the Palmetto train line, while Savannah, Ga., represents the line’s southernmost city. Other major stops on the line include Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va.

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