Archive for the ‘Amtrak stations’ Category

FRA Revises WUS Redevelopment Plans

May 13, 2022

The Federal Railroad Administration has revised the redevelopment plans for Washington Union Station to provide less emphasis on automobile traffic.

The agency acted after receiving widespread criticism that the plan was too automobile-centric.

The revised design eliminates a planned six-story 1,575-space parking garage that local officials had said would lead to more traffic gridlock.

Also opposed to the garage was the Washington Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, which operates the station.

Critics said most users of Union Station do not arrive by private automobile at the station, which is Amtrak’s second busiest. The depot also serves MARC and Virginia Railway Express commuter trains and is a stop for the Washington Metro public transit trains.

The FRA’s latest plan for the station, which opened in 1907 and was rehabilitated in the 1980s, calls for an underground parking garage with half the capacity of the now scrapped above-ground parking facility.

The new plan will also provide space for passenger drop-offs and pickups by taxis and private ride-hailing services.

FRA officials said they will be seeking additional public comment on the station redevelopment plan in the coming weeks.

The $10 billion project will include a new train hall and concourses, more tracks, and enlarged retail space. It is expected to take 10 years to complete.

NYC Penn Station Entrance Partly Closed

May 5, 2022

Work began May 2 at New York Penn Station to improve the facility’s accessibility. The 18-month project will create an accessible entrance to the station.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that during the project the station entrance at 32nd Street and 7th Avenue will be partly closed.

There will be no “up” escalator at that entrance. Those needing an “up” escalator should follow signs to the New Jersey Transit exit nearby.

The project will add an elevator, widen the entrance, replace the stairs, and replace the two existing escalators with three transit grade escalators.

Greenwood Station Renovations Completed

April 27, 2022

Renovation of the Amtrak station in Greenwood, Mississippi, was recently completed.

The $5.4 million project brings the station into compliance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The work included building a new concrete platform, renovating the waiting room to include drinking fountains and new bench seating, and constructing two ramps from the parking lot.

The City of Greenwood redesigned a sidewalk along Carrollton Avenue to improve pedestrian access.

Greenwood is served by the City of New Orleans, which operates between Chicago and New Orleans.

In a news release, Amtrak said it has completed 168 ADA-related projects with 20 stations being brought into ADA compliance in fiscal year 2021 at a cost of $85 million.

Work is underway or about to begin at another 41 stations are in the current fiscal year at an estimated cost of $125 million.

Construction Set on Hudson Boarding Area

April 18, 2022

Construction at the Amtrak station in Hudson, New York, will affect the boarding area there.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the platforms will undergo a blacktop renovation project that will take some tracks out of service.

The project begins April 21 and extends through May 1. During that time passengers can expect delays when entering and exiting the platform.

Also during the construction the wheelchair lift at the Hudson station will not be available. Passengers needing assistance should instead board at Rhinecliff or the Albany-Rensselaer stations, both approximately 20 to 25 minutes away from Hudson.

Parking to be Limited at Springfield Station

April 8, 2022

A lighting improvement project in the parking lot of the Amtrak station in Springfield, Illinois, will result in limited parking on April 12 and 13.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said 10 spaces at the south end will be available but space is not guaranteed.

The advisory recommended that passengers plan extra time to arrive to the station on these dates.

Customers parked in the complimentary lot will be required to move their vehicle by April 11. Any vehicle left in the project zone may be relocated or towed.

As an alternative, passengers may park in the Bank of Springfield Center Garage, located approximately four blocks from the station.

Passengers are encouraged to arrange for pick up and drop off service, if possible.

Parking Changes Made at California Station

March 13, 2022

Construction at the Amtrak station in Moorpark, California, will affect parking there through July 13.

An Amtrak service advisory said the existing north parking lot has been closed and will be replaced by an expanded parking lot. That work also includes rebuilding a sidewalk, doing landscaping and installation of a new bus shelter in front of the expanded parking lot on High Street.

In the interim, passengers may park their vehicles and enter the platform from the south parking lot. Boarding will take place from the center platform instead of from Track 1.

Platform Work Disrupts LSL in Worcester

March 12, 2022

The installation of a temporary boarding platform this weekend (March 12-13) will affect operations of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Nos. 448 and 449 will bypass Worcester on Track 2 while the temporary platform is being built.

The temporary platform will be used by Amtrak during the center platform project, which is expected to be completed in 2025.

Amtrak is not providing alternative transportation on March 12 or 13. Passengers are instead being encouraged to board or disembark in Springfield or Framingham.

Baltimore Station Project Getting Started

March 4, 2022

Work is underway to renovate Baltimore’s Penn Station.

Amtrak said the project includes the installation of scaffolding, fencing and materials around the station exterior.

Amtrak said the project will enhance the station’s appearance and increase its overall functionality.

This will include construction of a high-speed boarding platform to serve Acela trains. That work is expected to begin this fall.

Essential core and shell improvements are expected scheduled to begin this summer.

Although the station is being modernized, it will retain much of its historic character, Amtrak said.

The work included renovating the now vacant upper three floor so the depot to make then suitable for office space.

The project is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

Holdrege Station Waiting Room Closed

February 2, 2022

In a service advisory Amtrak said the effective Feb. 1 the station in Holdrege, Nebraska, is closed although trains will continue to stop there.

Passengers will continue to have access to boarding platforms and free parking with no time limits will be available in a city-owned lot north of the station.

The lot can be reached from Third Avenue with an entrance west of East Avenue.

There will be no access to a waiting room or restrooms at the station site.

Holdrege is service by the California Zephyr operating between Chicago and Emeryville, California.

New Middletown Station Opens Jan. 10

January 8, 2022

Amtrak will begin using the new Middletown station on Jan. 10 following completion of construction of the multimodal facility.

In a news release, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the new station will have high-level accessible boarding platforms, a pedestrian overpass, elevators, stair towers, on-site parking, and bus loading zones.

PennDOT said the $49.5 million station project was part of an initiative to improve rail passenger travel in the Keystone Corridor, part of which also is used by commuter trains of Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Funding for the project included $25.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration, $15.9 million from PennDOT and $8 million of in-kind work from Amtrak.

PennDOT said it collaborated with the Middletown Borough, Capital Area Transit and Harrisburg International Airport.

In a related development, Amtrak said low platforms will go into service on Jan. 10 at its station in the Keystone Corridor at Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said use of low-level platforms is a temporary measure because the current high-level boarding platforms are out of service due to construction at the station site.

The temporary platforms are located less than a half mile away from the previous location of 39 Station Avenue.

Westbound trains will board in the Suburban Square parking lot off Anderson Avenue while eastbound trains will board in the municipal parking lot located off Ardmore Avenue.