Ottumwa Wants Amtrak Station Renovations

The desires of public officials in Ottumwa, Iowa, to give their city’s Amtrak station a facelift have been stymied by bureaucratic red tape.

In particular, they would to apply a coat of paint to what remains of the station’s umbrella sheds to make the platform look better.

Amtrak 4Although Amtrak officials agree the station used by the California Zephyr could use an upgrade, the tracks serving the facility are owned by BNSF and they have yet to give their approval to the project.

Not only that, but it would also be a costly project.

The proposal is for the metalwork on the platform to be cut down and the platform rebuilt.

Amtrak has told the city it would see to it that the work gets done, but said the station renovation project would cost $2.4 million and not begin until late 2017.

In the meantime, the city would like to at least see the metal framework painted white. But even that would require approval of BNSF and assignment of a flagger during the hours when the painting is being done.

The city has offered to do the painting.

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