The recent international train crashes raise questions about the safety of train transportation. In North Carolina, Amtrak is the only train option passengers can take.
Eyewitness News looked at the differences between the trains and got answers on the unique features put into place to keep you safe.
A train coming down the track is a sound you can recognize almost immediately.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, for nearly 1 million North Carolinians per year it is the sound of a preferred way to travel.
Officials said safety had generally never been a concern until now.
Four recent international train crashes in Canada, Spain, Italy and Sweden are making passengers think again.
"I was kind of nervous at first but it was good," said Whitney Luzaadio.
In Charlotte, two state-sponsored Amtrak trains are the only options passengers can take. They travel between 24 destinations; the Piedmont, which goes between Charlotte and Raleigh, and the Carolinian, which makes stops along the east Coast.
According to NCDOT's rail division, extra measures are taken to make sure passengers feel safe – trains are inspected daily.
"They are given a once over every night, we inspect and maintain the NC DOT trains," said Paul Worley NCFOT Rail Division Director.
International trains can climb to speeds of more than 100 mph.
The maximum speed limit Amtrak engineers can go is 79 mph and even that scared some.
"The train was on the track but we kind of went to the side so it was really scary," said Nathalia Lopez.
NCDOT officials said the most common incidents involving Amtrak trains in North Carolina are people or drivers trespassing on the track. They said crashes are so rare there have been only two reported in last 10 years.
Just this week, officials said the driver of a derailed train in Spain that killed 79 people was on the phone.
NCDOT officials said cellphones or PDAs are not allowed to be powered on at all. Amtrak said their trains are monitored through surveillance on board and through a black box recording devices as well.
"There's very little tolerance from for any kind of violation of rules," said Worley.
When it comes to passenger safety, violations could put crews out of service. Amtrak said that is not a chance it wants to risk.
Amtrak officials said their trains have a higher safety rating than high speed rails because they are built sturdier to carry freight.