East Lansing to Get New Amtrak Station

Lansing and East Lansing, Mich., will be getting a new Amtrak station in early 2015.

A new $10.5 million transportation center will be built in East Lansing on a 9-acre site near Harrison and Trowbridge roads.

The current East Lansing Amtrak station, which serves the daily Chicago-Port Huron, Mich., Blue Water,  is expected to be demolished by the end of 2013.

The new transportation center will also serve intercity bus routes as well as local buses of the Capital Area Transportation Authority.

The bulk of the funding for the project is a $6.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, a unit of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project also includes $500,000 matching grants from MDOT and Amtrak.

Planners envision that the new facility will be between 6,000 and 9,000 square feet, with 140 to 150 parking spaces.

The site of the current Amtrak station is owned by Michigan State University, which leases the station to CATA for $1 annually. A 99-year lease was signed in January 2011.

The current station also serves Greyhound and Indian Trails buses. Both companies are expected to serve the new transportation center as is low-fare carrier Megabus.

Michigan Flyer has not decided if it will serve the new transportation. It’s buses currently stop in downtown East Lansing.

Construction of the new transportation center may begin in the spring. Work remains to be done on the new facility’s design.

MSU donated the property for the new transportation center, which was recently appraised at $2.5 million, an in-kind grant match. All but one of the five buildings at the site will be razed.

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