Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak stops’

Amtrak to Get New Digs in Birmingham

October 10, 2016

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.

Ypsilanti Eyes Becoming Amtrak Stop

November 23, 2015

Officials in Ypsilanti, Michigan, are pursuing becoming a stop for Amtrak’s Wolverine Service trains.

The city council was recently informed that Amtrak is interested in using the Depot Town facility.

Although adding Ypsilanti, which is located between Ann Arbor and Dearborn, to the Amtrak map has been discussed before, a contract between the city and the Downtown Development Authority could help secure a portion of funding for the train stop.

“If and when a train stop comes we would put  . . . that as our No. 1 priority,” said DDA Executive Director Tim Colbeck.

“There’s a high level of commitment on a lot of parties to make this happen and there’s a high level of optimism,” he said. “We would absolutely want to support a train stop and when it does happen we would want to be able to put our full capacity behind it through our ability to bond revenue.”

Petition Drive Seeks Oxford Amtrak Stop

June 27, 2015

An Oxford resident has collected more than 1,000 signatures in support establishing an Amtrak station in that southwest Ohio community.

Many of those who signed Deb Clark’s petitions also said they would be willing to provide funds or materials to make the station happen, she said.

The city of Oxford is supporting the bid to create a station to serve Amtrak’s tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal, but G. Alan Kyger, Oxford’s development director, said a search committee has not decided on a site.

He did say that the committee is looking at locations on public land, although a privately-owned site would not be ruled out.

The committee has examined five or six potential sites, including between High Street and the former Talawanda High School site on Locust Street.

City officials have declined to divulge the specific locations because they have not spoken with the property owners.

“The eventual decision-makers are going to be city council and Miami University,” Kyger said. “We’re trying to work together on this project.”

Kyger said the search committee intends to make a location recommendation by the end of the summer, Kyger said.

Amtrak gave Oxford and Miami the go-ahead to select a site earlier this year.

The railroad has expressed a willing to serve Oxford, but the city and the university would have to find the site and to pay for it.

The station is expected to be a shelter station with overhead canopies but no amenities such as restrooms.