Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore Penn Station’

Baltimore May get New Passenger Station

October 18, 2020

Plans are in the works to create a new passenger station in Baltimore while transforming the existing depot into a business and office center.

New York architect Kenneth MacKensie Merchison has been hired to design the new passenger station, which would be built on a triangular-shaped lot adjacent to the existing Penn Station.

Construction of the new station, which would be known as the “north station” or “north annex,” is projected to begin late this year or in early 2021.

The three-story facility would open in 24 months after work begins and feature large expanses of glass with a main entrance on St. Paul Street.

The Beaux Arts designed Penn Station, which opened in 1911, would be redeveloped for other uses, but Amtrak and commuter train passengers would be able to pass through it.

Baltimore Station Redevelopment to Continue

April 28, 2020

Amtrak plans to continue redevelopment of Baltimore Penn Station even though it has suspended some capital spending during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a press briefing last week Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Garnder said

Redevelopment of the Baltimore station is critical and would continue.

Plans are to make the station a mixed use center that would include a hotel.

Amtrak is contributing $90 million to the project, which is using a mix of government development funds and private capital.

 

Amtrak Reaches Pact With Developer in Baltimore

April 5, 2019

Amtrak said on Thursday that it has reached an agreement on the development of Baltimore Penn Station.

In a news release, the passenger carrier said the pact will enable it to implement a master development agreement with Penn Station Partners to redevelop and expand the station.

Amtrak will spend $90 million on the project, which will include the renovation of an existing platform to bring it back into service and the construction of an additional platform.

The news release said Amtrak and Penn Station Partners are creating a plan for the station and surrounding Amtrak properties “in partnership with local stakeholders and the community, called Next Stop Baltimore Penn Station.”

Penn Station Partners is is led by Beatty Development Group and Cross Street Partners.

Amtrak said Penn Station Partners was chosen to be the master developer through a competitive process based on its proposal and commitment to partnering with Amtrak and the City of Baltimore.

Additional information is available at BaltimorePennStation.com.

Baltimore Joining Chicago Union Station in Pilot Program for Upgraded Amtrak Wi-Fi Service

February 4, 2017

Amtrak said this week that Baltimore Penn Station will join Chicago Union Station in receiving enhanced Wi-Fi service.

Amtrak 4The pilot program includes increased connectivity and reliability, as well as two new 30-inch high-top work stations that host charging outlets for laptops, tablets and cell phones.

In a news release, Amtrak said the upgrade will replace technology installed in 2010.

“These improvements are a much-anticipated boost for our customers as the wireless connectivity in-station should be similar to what customers experience on their home networks, and will ensure they stay connected throughout their journey,” said Jason Molfetas, Amtrak’s executive vice president of marketing and business development. “Baltimore Penn is the eighth busiest station in our national network so it was a natural fit to pilot the Wi-Fi improvements to the city’s thousands of daily commuters and local students.”

Amtrak said that Northeast Corridor passengers and those aboard trains in the Midwest will be able to access through the Wi-Fi network The Washington Post, which is now the exclusive news provider for Amtrak.

Previously Amtrak only provided free Washington Post content on Acela Express trains.