Archive for the ‘Amtrak stations’ Category

BWI Station Reopens With New Facilities

October 13, 2019

A new Amtrak station building has opened at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Rail Station on the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak and MARC passengers can now wait for their trains in a new waiting room that was built in a $4.7 million project that also included a ticket office and restroom facilities.

The new building was located to accommodate a planned addition of a fourth main track and new island platforms.

Passengers had been using a small structure built in the 1980s.

SPUD Tops 1 Million Visitor Mark

October 8, 2019

St. Paul Union Depot has hosted more than a million visitors and seen the leasing of all its available commercial space, both firsts since the renovated station reopened in 2012.

The million visitors include Amtrak passengers, those riding the light rail system serving the station and shoppers and attendees of various events.

SPUD is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder.

Renovation of the station cost more than $240 million in federal, state, and county money.

Local government entities still provide about $6 million of SPUD’s $8.2 million annual budget.

The largest other revenue source is parking revenue at $1.3 million.

Among the events annually held at SPUD are an annual Christmas tree lighting and European Christmas market.

Thus far this year the depot has hosted 400 private events.

Amtrak Station Opened in Mount Joy

October 8, 2019

A new $33.5 million station in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, opened on Monday on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor.

A formal opening will be held on Oct. 21.

The station features two 500-foot-long high-level platforms connected by dual weather-enclosed elevator/stair towers and a covered walkway along South Market Street where it crosses over the double-track electrified main line.

The project also included making plans to the Pennsylvania Route 772 (Marietta Pike) bridge over the tracks.

The elevator/stair towers rise above street level and have large glass windows decorated with etched images of the English merchant ship Mountjoy, for which the town is named.

Platforms were given canopies, lighting, benches, emergency-alert kiosks, and direct access to and from street level on both sides.

Other site improvements included covered walkways for parking areas, landscaping, and slope stabilization, as well as improvements and expansion of the parking lot of 112 spaces.

Construction began in 2016 with funding from Amtrak, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration.

The Mount Joy station is one of several station upgrade projects that are part of a $400 million Keystone Corridor improvement plan.

Other stations being renovated are located in Elizabethtown  Exton, and Paoli, while upgraded facilities have been added at Coatesville, Downingtown, and Lancaster.

A new station is being constructed at  Middletown.

Mount Joy is located 24 miles east of Harrisburg and 12 miles west of Lancaster and is is served by eight eastbound trains and 11 westbound trains.

Jefferson City Waiting Room Temporarily Closed

October 7, 2019

The waiting room of the Amtrak station in Jefferson City, Missouri, has been temporarily closed.

Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains will continue to stop at the station platforms to board and discharge passengers.

The closure does not affect the station platforms.

During the closure Amtrak said passengers will not have access to the inside of the station or restrooms.

City volunteers will be on site to help with questions or directions during scheduled train times.

Amtrak did not explain in its service advisory why the waiting room is closed or how long the closure will last.

Erie Amtrak Station Getting a Makeover

September 24, 2019

The owner of the Amtrak station in Erie, Pennsylvania, is renovating the facility, which is plagued by peeling wallpaper, broken flooring and other structure issues.

Logistics Plus, which owns the former Union Station, has already repainted and cleaned up the front door and entrance, and installed new lighting in the hallway and waiting room.

Workers also have replaced the old flooring in the bathrooms with new floor tiles.

The company is working with a mechanical engineering firm to update the HVAC system and the specifications will be sent to bid with the contractors.

A company official told Erie News Now that once the HVAC work is completed, work will begin on renovating the lobby and walkways.

The HVAC system must be overhauled before other repairs can be made.

Other planned work includes securing the man doors and replacing the front entrance cement, and replacing the platform doors and adding bars for protection.

New signs will be added and once the work is completed the station will be compliant with ADA standards.

Much of the renovation work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Logistics Plus official said the facelift is needed to provide a more positive image of Erie to visitors who arrive or leave the city by train.

Erie is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited.

Paoli Station Project Completed

September 24, 2019

The station overhaul project in Paoli, Pennsylvania, was celebrated on Sept. 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The ceremony involving officials of the city, state, Amtrak and SEPTA, marked the completion of the $48 million Paoli Station Accessibility Improvement Project.

The project created a new center high-level platform, which required removing tracks 2 and 3 of the four-track former Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line.

New elevators and a stair tower were built to connect a pedestrian overpass to the new platform.

The two-year project also included ADA improvements, upgrades to parking, and track changes to provide greater operational flexibility for SEPTA Amtrak’s Keystone service trains.

Amtrak owns the station, which is served by 25 Keystone Service trains and the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

SEPTA serves Paoli with 78 trains between and five bus routes.

Chicago Union Station Parking Structure to Close

September 20, 2019

The Chicago Union Station self park structure will close on Sept. 30 Amtrak said in a service advisory.

The facility is located at 210 S. Canal St. Amtrak said overnight parking at the station is limited and passengers are being encouraged to use public transit, taxis, ride share services or having family or friends drop them off at the station.

Underground and above-ground public parking facilities that are available within two blocks of the station include:

  • 565 Quincy St. (550 W. Jackson Building) — valet service, weekdays only: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 225 S. Desplaines St. (625 W. Adams Building) — self park, Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday.
  • 113 S. Clinton St. (525 W. Monroe Building) — self park, 24-hours.
  • 500 W. Monroe St. — self park, 24-hours.


Access to Maricopa Station Changed

September 20, 2019

A highway construction project has resulted in the blocking of the normal access route to the Amtrak station in Maricopa, Arizona.

In a service advisory Amtrak said the opening of a new Arizona Route 347 overpass joining John Wayne Parkway and North Maricopa Road has resulted in the closing of the railroad crossing next to the Maricopa station is now closed.

Access roads to and from the station, as well as surrounding roads, are under construction and have significantly changed.

Electronic mapping apps do not reflect the changes and may show incorrect directions to the station, which is served by Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.

Northbound vehicles are being advised to make a U-turn at Edison Road to access businesses and the station on Hathaway Avenue and the new Maricopa Road.

Southbound vehicles should stay in the right lane to merge on to the new Maricopa Road to access businesses.

Drivers can now access businesses south of the railroad tracks on the new Maricopa Road.

The former Route 347 alignment between Hathaway Avenue and just south of Honeycutt Avenue is being renamed Maricopa Road as a result of the overpass project. New street signs will be installed when the project is complete.

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Detroit Amtrak Station Parking Lot Temporarily Closed

September 14, 2019

The parking lot at the Detroit Amtrak station is temporarily closed through Sept. 16.

The lot is being repaired by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said limited parking is available at an overflow lot south of the station, as well as the railroad embankment at the TechTown parking lot along the west side of Woodward Avenue at Amsterdam Street.

Passengers are being asked to be dropped off and picked up at the station if possible.

Those who must leave their vehicle at the station while traveling may obtain a free parking pass from an Amtrak agent at the depot.

Paoli Center Platform Has Reopened

September 14, 2019

The center platform of the Amtrak station in Paoli, Pennsylvania, has reopened and all passenger boardings will be conducted there.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all Amtrak and SEPTA passengers will use the center platform that connects to the elevator and stairs, leading to the pedestrian overpass bridge, which accesses the north and south parking lots.

The temporary platforms on the north and south side will no longer be used, as well as the low-level boarding previously used by SEPTA passengers.

Passengers were advised to allow extra time to access the center platform for boarding.