Amtrak Revamps Station Website

Amtrak's northbound Saluki rolls into the station at Mattoon, Ill., on May 23, 2013. The station was built by the Illinois Central Railroad but is now owned by the City of Mattoon.

Amtrak’s northbound Saluki rolls into the station at Mattoon, Ill., on May 23, 2013. The station was built by the Illinois Central Railroad but is now owned by the City of Mattoon.

Amtrak recently upgraded and its GreatAmericanStations.com website to include new tools, resources and information.

The company said in a news release that it reorganized the site for easier navigation, added a section on “Getting Your Project Started” and created a downloadable “Development Checklist.”

“Additional case studies showcasing Great American Stations success stories will be uploaded to the website in the coming months, emphasizing stations as anchors for economic development, catalysts for historic preservation and tourism growth, potential sites for commercial and cultural uses and points of civic pride that reinforce local identity,” the release said.

The website, which was launched in 2006, contains information on more than 500 Amtrak-served stations and their communities.

Amtrak serves more than 500 stations. Railroads own about 22 percent of those facilities, Amtrak owns 14 percent, transit agencies and state Departments of Transportation own 12 percent and the remainder are held by various parties including private individuals and redevelopment agencies.

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