Cary, NC (CYN)
Opened in 1996, the brick depot serves a fast-growing community near the state's famous Research Triangle Park. Cary is noted for its bicycle-friendliness and careful urban planning.
211 North Academy Street
Cary, NC 27513
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 84,995
- Facility Ownership: Town of Cary
- Parking Lot Ownership: Town of Cary
- Platform Ownership: Town of Cary
- Track Ownership: North Carolina Railroad Company, CSXT - The “H” Line belongs to Norfolk Southern/North Carolina Railroad Company and the “S” Line belongs to CSXT.
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The current Amtrak station in Cary was built in 1996. It contains a waiting area for Amtrak passengers and local and regional bus patrons, as well as a Department of Motor Vehicles driver’s license office.
Cary’s historic station had been torn down in the 1970s. When rail passenger service resumed in Cary in 1995, it was on a 200-foot platform beside the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) tracks until the current station opened the following year. The station was made possible by $636,999 from the town and $100,000 from the Triangle Transit Authority. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Rail Division paid $100,000 to construct the platform and shelter on the “H” Line (North Carolina Railroad Company) prior to the opening of the depot building.
In 2006, a platform was constructed on the CSX “S” Line and the Silver Starbegan daily service to Cary. This platform was paid for NCDOT (90 percent of the costs) and the town ($30,000). Five years later, the depot was expanded with NCDOT and Federal Railroad Administration funds totaling approximately $2 million; the building reopened on September 1, 2011.
The town of Cary began in 1750 as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary. About 100 years later, the construction of the NCRR between New Bern and Hillsborough placed Bradford’s Ordinary on a major transportation route. Allison Francis Page, a Wake County farmer and lumberman, is credited with founding the town, and was its first developer, mayor, postmaster, and railroad agent. Page and his wife Catherine “Kate” Raboteau Page bought 300 acres there in 1854. Page named the development after Samuel Fenton Cary, a prohibition leader from Ohio whom he admired. The town was incorporated in 1871; eight years later, the Seaboard Air Line and NCRR railroads formed Fetner Junction just north of downtown.
When the Research Triangle Park was opened nearby in 1959, Cary began to experience significant growth and it became a favored spot to settle. The town’s continuing reputation as a community for transplants from outside the south has led to its name being said, jokingly, to be an acronym for “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.” It is certainly one of the fastest growing municipalities in the region, and has won national awards for both its bicycle-friendliness and public safety in recent years. The town government has also been careful in requiring control of local growth by developers through Planned Unit Development zoning since 1971, a first in the state.
Cary High School, which was incorporated in 1896, was the first high school established in the state of North Carolina. Its immediate predecessor, Cary Academy, was founded in 1879. Cary High has had several buildings over the years; its current structure was built in 1938. In North Carolina, it is said that Cary is associated with its innovative and successful high school as much as neighboring Durham is associated with tobacco.
The state-owned Piedmont and the state-subsidized Carolinian are primarily financed through funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by eight daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.