Archive for the ‘Amtrak stations’ Category

Penn Station Renovation Outlined

April 28, 2021

New York officials have revealed options to redevelop New York Penn Station as part of the proposed $16 billion Empire Station Complex.

Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit are working to together to establish a plan to unify the separate railroads’ concourses into one space.

This project would new tracks and platforms to accommodate growing ridership, expected to increase by 54 percent to 830,000 daily users by 2038.

The first step in project is to rebuild the station’s existing Penn Station layout. That would involve  creating a central atrium and giving NJ Transit some space now used by Amtrak.

However, officials said they are also considering creating an open, single-level concourse that would eliminate all low ceiling heights.

This work would simplify entry and exit routes from trains and the street level while also creating new large circulation areas bigger than the Great Hall of Grand Central Terminal.

Grant Awarded for Kirkwood Station Renovation

April 15, 2021

A $1.5 million grant has been made for renovations of the Amtrak station in Kirkwood, Missouri.

The funding came from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. The grant will enable the City of Kirkwood and the Historic Kirkwood Train Station Foundation to renovate the former Missouri Pacific depot.

Work in the $4.6 million project will include a new roof, heating and cooling system, ADA-compliant restrooms, and a covered station platform.

Thus far about $2.3 million has been raised for the project. The foundation continues to raise money on a  GoFundMe page. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis, is served by the St. Louis-Kansas City Missouri River Runners

Parking Changes Made at Holdrege Station

April 15, 2021

Construction at the Amtrak station in Holdrege, Nebraska, has resulted in changes in parking.

Workers have completed rebuilding an interim accessible platform in Holdrege but passengers boarding trains there will need to park in the city parking lot north of the train station.

The lot can be accessed from 3rd Avenue with an entrance west of East Avenue. The lot is free and has no time limit.

Holdrege is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-San Francisco Bay California Zephyr.

LA Station Restrictions Set for Academy Awards Show

April 9, 2021

Amtrak passengers will see some changes at Los Angeles Union Station over the next few weeks.

The main entrance from Alemeda Street has been closed in preparation for using a portion of the station as a host site for the Academy Awards ceremony to be held April 25.

Access to the station for passengers and visitors will be through the Vignes Street entrance.

Also affected are the ticketing Hall, waiting room, and north and south patios.

The leather and walnut chairs of the waiting room have been moved to the center section of the passenger concourse.

Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge remains open and Los Angeles Metro says it anticipates no changes to transit service except for some bus reroutes in the Union Station area.

Thruway buses will be relocated from the station bus bays to the area known as the Greyhound bus stop at the west end of the station in front of the Metropolitan Water District.

The buses will operate from the second floor of the station, near parking lot D.

Thruway bus passengers are being advised to gather in the waiting lobby to be led to their bus.

The changes will remain in place through April 27 with additional significant restrictions being imposed April 24-25.

The station is one of two sites that will host the 93rd Academy Awards.

Elevators Out of Service at 2 Amtrak Stations

March 27, 2021

Elevators at Amtrak stations in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, and Marshall, Texas, were reported to be out of service.

No date was given in an Amtrak service advisory for when either elevator would be back in service.

At Mount Joy the elevators lead to the boarding platforms. Passengers requiring an elevator should board at Elizabethtown station, approximately seven miles away or Lancaster, approximately 11 miles away.

The service advisory said the closet alternative boarding site for Marshall, which is served by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle, is Longview, approximately 30 minutes west of Marshall.

LAUS to be Used for Academy Awards Show

March 19, 2021

The April 25 presentation of the Academy Awards will use a portion of Los Angeles Union Station.

The depot, which was built in 1939, has been used several times in the making of films and television shows but this will be its first time as a host for presentation of the Oscars.

The Academy Awards primarily are presented at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre but changes are being made to this year’s ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions in Southern California.

To be used in the Academy Awards show are the station’s Grand Waiting Room, Historic Ticketing Hall, North and South Patios and Main Entrance.

Bus and train passengers will be provided alternative waiting accommodations during the time when those areas are closed for use in the Academy Awards show.

Funding Set for New Oxford Amtrak Station

March 13, 2021

Funding commitments are falling into place for construction of an Amtrak station in Oxford, Ohio.

The city of Oxford along with Miami University have agreed to spend $700,000 for the station, which will serve the Chicago-New York Cardinal.

The city and university funding will pay for a platform and an unmanned kiosk.

Negotiations are underway with vendors for design and cost estimates.

Located 40 miles north-northwest of Cincinnati, Oxford would become the second Ohio stop for the Cardinal and Amtrak’s eighth station in Ohio.

Nos. 50 and 51 stopped in Hamilton, Ohio, between August 1980 and October 2005.

The Oxford station will be located at 909 South Main St. The Cardinal will stop in Oxford westbound on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and eastbound on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Amtrak to Pay for Gulf Coast Station Rehabilitation

March 13, 2021

Amtrak wants to pay to repair station platforms once used by its Sunset Limited east of New Orleans.

The platforms would be used by a proposed new service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, that Amtrak wants to begin in 2022.

The boarding sites were damaged in August 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. Shortly after the storm stuck, Amtrak suspended operation of the Sunset Limited east of New Orleans.

Amtrak is seeking approval from the Federal Railroad Administration to make the station repairs.

Amtrak Vice President of Stations and Accessibility, David Handera, said at a recently meeting of the Southern Rail Commission that the repairs are the first phase of a rehabilitation project Amtrak plans to undertake to ready the route for passenger service.

The stations are located in four Mississippi cities, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Biloxi, and Mobile, Alabama.

Handera said a temporary platform is needed in Pascagoula because CSX tracks has seen been related always from the site of the former platform.

“We are working with the FRA on assembling funding sources for the short-term and long-term repairs,” Handera said.

He said Amtrak would develop in a second phase of the project “new accessible, well-lit platforms.”

Bus Lines Protest Lack of Space in WUS Expansion Plan

March 13, 2021

The bus industry has criticized plans to redevelop Washington Union Station, saying bus capacity will be reduced by up to 72 percent.

A preliminary design approved earlier by the Federal Railroad Administration reduced the number of bus spaces at the station from 61 to 40.

Some options in the preliminary plan would cut the number of bus spaces to 17.

Supporters of the plan say the current bus facility at WUS is not being used efficiently and the new plan would make better use of scarce space.

Greyhound has argued that the current size of the bus facility should be maintained and maybe expanded.

The $10 billion WUS project will expand rail facilities and retail space but is at least a decade from start of construction.

Salisbury Station to Get Second Boarding Platform

March 5, 2021

A second boarding platform will be built at the Amtrak station in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The city council of Salisbury approved an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the $19.75 million project.

The cost includes right-of –way acquisition to enable expanded freight and passenger service at the station location.

Most of the funding will come from the state with the city chipping in $780,000.

Work is expected to be finished in 2024. Salisbury is served by the Crescent, Piedmont Service and the Carolinian.