The NC Department of Transportation, the Town of Hillsborough and the Orange County Transit Plan have contributed $8.1 million for design and construction for the Hillsborough Amtrak station. The station will be served by two Amtrak passenger routes that together will provide eight daily departures: the Carolinian, which travels between Charlotte and New York twice daily (once in each direction), and the Piedmont, which travels between Charlotte and Raleigh six times daily (three times in each direction).

Environmental documentation is complete. Station design is expected to begin in fiscal year 2019, as coordination with North Carolina Railroad (owner of the rail tracks) and Norfolk Southern (freight railroad operator) continues.