Amtrak to Get New Digs in Birmingham

A new intermodal terminal in Birmingham, Alabama, that will also serve Amtrak will open its first phase this December.

Amtrak 4Local MAX buses will be the first to use the downtown hub, a $32 million three-block facility along Morris Avenue.

Amtrak, Greyhound Bus Lines and Megabus will begin using another part of the facility – located between 16th and 17th streets – in March 2017. Construction of the terminal began in 2014.

“For the first time in a long time we will have a modern Amtrak facility instead of a hole in the ground (at 19th Street) that we currently have now for our terminal,” said Birmingham Mayor William Bell.

Officials have said the new terminal will bring the city and regional public transit systems together at one location.

Taxis and Uber drivers will be able to wait along Morris Avenue and pick up passengers while a Zyp bike share rack will be located off Morris Avenue.

A newsstand is expected to open in the Amtrak and interstate bus station.

Birmingham is served by Amtrak’s New York-New Orleans Crescent.

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