Saving Union Station Event Postponed To June 4

Goldsboro Union Station in 1910. Contributed Photo

UPDATE: Due to the rain threat on May 14, the event has been postponed to June 4, 2024.

GOLDSBORO – The Saving Union Station Committee is hosting a family-friendly fun and informative event to honor the beloved historic Goldsboro Union Station. The event will feature a regional Eastern Carolina Rail meeting, hosted by members of the Eastern Carolina Rail coalition, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to returning passenger service to the Port City of Wilmington, NC. This meeting will highlight a recent draft report, titled Southeastern North Carolina Passenger Rail Feasibility Study, a study that examined passenger rail service connecting Raleigh to Wilmington.

The results of the study found the route through Goldsboro to be more favorable than another previously considered route through Fayetteville. This is an important first step in having this route budgeted for funding at the federal and state levels.

In addition to this meeting, Saving Union Station Day will feature a kid’s train, food trucks, music, historian led scheduled tours of Union Station’s interior, a live plein air painting and auction, a flag raising ceremony by a local Boy Scout troop, and additional exciting announcements that you won’t want to miss.

The Saving Union Station (SUS) Committee organized to save the station and is made up of a handful of volunteers. Goldsboro’s Union Station is currently in need of immediate repairs, or it might not last until the time passenger rail is developed through Goldsboro, or another use or investor is found.

In late 2023, the committee challenged the City of Goldsboro and the County of Wayne to each contribute $375,000 towards its initial emergency stabilization costs and committed to matching that total of $750,000 with another $750,000 that SUS would raise to complete the necessary work.

The purpose of this effort is twofold. The primary purpose is to save the station. The secondary reason is to demonstrate the community’s commitment to our federal and state partners – our commitment to the station we inherited as well as the development of passenger rail with improved freight service infrastructure through eastern NC. While the news of the initial draft study is promising, the Federal Rail Administration is exploring the expansion of passenger rail service nationally.

Goldsoboro Union Station in 2018. Contributed Photo

Learn more about Saving Union Station and the Goldsboro Union Station here. The Federal Rail Administration received a significant investment on November 15, 2021, when President Joseph R. Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—a generational investment in America’s intermodal transportation system of which freight and intercity passenger rail are an integral part and an engine of our economy.

For more information about what this could mean for the Southeastern North Carolina Passenger Rail route, visit the Federal Rail Administration’s website here. The purpose of this investment is to help make our nation’s rail network safer, more reliable, resilient, sustainable, and equitable. 

Goldsboro’s Union Station was built from 1907 to 1909 and serviced passenger rail until 1968. It is an architectural gem that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Please come join us for Saving Union Station Day so you can experience its significance, admire its beauty, appreciate its dire need of stabilization, and learn more about the opportunities it can bestow the Goldsboro community and our region.

Date: May 14
Time: 4:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Location: Goldsboro Union Station, 101 N. Carolina Street

The Eastern Passenger Rail Regional Meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:45. Following the meeting will be several announcements from the SUS committee. North Carolina General Assembly member, House Majority Leader, John Bell, will open the meeting with comments at 5:30 pm. Historian-led tours of the station are scheduled from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and again from 7:00 to 7:30 pm.

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