Posts Tagged ‘parking at Amtrak stations’

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.

 

Huntington Station Park Lot To Reopen

August 29, 2019

Workers were repairing and restriping the lot, which forced passengers to walk two blocks from an alternative parking lot to the station.

During the construction, Amtrak encouraged patrons to make every effort to be dropped off and picked up at the station.

Huntington is served by the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal.

New Parking Lot Eyed for Lancaster Amtrak Station

May 14, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is proposing building a surface parking lot at the Amtrak station in Lancaster.

The 300-space lot would be constructed on land now owned by PennDOT. Development of the lot is expected to cost $15 million.

A pedestrian bridge would be built to connect the lot with the station.

Officials said that parking has long been tight at the station, which is served by Amtrak’s Keystone Service trains and the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

The station currently has space for 236 vehicles. Lancaster is the second busiest station on the Keystone Corridor, trailing only 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.

Many passengers have been forced to find street parking in a nearby residential neighborhood.

“If we want people to ride, you need adequate parking and a safe environment to board the train,” said Jennie Granger, PennDOT deputy secretary for multimodal transportation.

Lancaster handled 561,411 passengers in fiscal year 2018.

Granger said funding for the parking lot project is on hold due to a lawsuit contesting the use of Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases for transit projects.

The suit was dismissed by a federal judge last month but a trucking industry group has said it will appeal that decision.

The parking lot will be situated on 3.67 acres PennDOT acquired two years ago on McGovern Avenue. It is located north of the station.

This location is adjacent to a 7-acre tract along Keller Avenue that PennDOT is eyeing for use as possible transit-oriented development that would include a cluster of housing, shops and offices.

That property, though, is privately owned although PennDOT is seeking to meet with the property owner to discuss the transit development vision.

The site has been vacant since 2012 when a hotel on the property was razed.

Wilmington Station Access Restricted

December 15, 2018

Parking and access to parking at the Wilmington, Delaware, Amtrak station will be restricted during a construction project.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that due to construction on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Front Street will be closed in front of the Wilmington station between French Street and Walnut Street.

The City of Wilmington has closed East Front Street and MLK Boulevard, to expand the street from two lanes to three lanes.

Passengers will need to turn onto French Street to drop off and pick up customers.

The rental car return lot for the station has been relocated to 110 South French Street.

Rental car customers who need to return their rental vehicle will have to access the lot by driving down South French Street and turn left into the rental return lot.

Because parking lots closest to the station are expected to fill early, Amtrak has advised that additional pubic parking is available 24 hours at the DoubleTree Hotel at 700 North King Street and until 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Court House at 500 North King Street.

Passengers are advised to allow additional time to travel to the station during the street construction.

Amtrak to Begin Using Raleigh Station July 10

July 7, 2018

Amtrak will begin using the new Raleigh Union Station on July 10, more than two months after a dedication ceremony was held for the new facility.

The $87 million station was to have opened last year, but was delayed due to a problem with the platforms being too steep for federal ADA regulations.

Raleigh is served by Amtrak’s New York-Miami Silver Star, the New York-Charlotte Carolinian and the Piedmont Service trains operating between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Amtrak said the last train to use the current Raleigh station will be Piedmont No. 78, due into Raleigh at 10:10 p.m. on July 9.

The first train to use the new station will be the 6:30 a.m. departure of Piedmont No. 73.

Raleigh Union Station is located at 510 West Martin Street, about a mile north of the current depot.

Amtrak said the new station has 26,000 square feet of which 9,200 square feet are devoted to passenger areas.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all parking at Raleigh Union Station is paid.

Parking spots are available across the street from the station in a parking deck connected to a building called The Dillon.

Upon entering, take a ticket from the machine and have it ready when exiting. Parking costs $2 per hour or $18 maximum per day, paid by credit card only when exiting parking deck.

There is limited short-term and disability parking in front of the station. Enter from West Street and drive into the traffic circle. Parking spots are on the left. Parking costs $1.25 per hour and there is a two-hour limit. Pay by credit card or coins at the meter.

Albany Station Parking Garage Temporarily Closing

June 21, 2018

The parking garage serving Amtrak’s Albany-Rensselaer station will temporarily close between July 6 and July 9 due to the annual cleaning and maintenance.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all vehicles must be removed from the first and second level of the parking garage before noon on Friday, July 6.

Those vehicles not moved will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

Passengers are encouraged to use surface lots A, B and C for parking. Those with disabilities should call 518-433-0049 for parking arrangements during this period.

The garage will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 9.

Raleigh Gets Glimpse of New Union Station

May 3, 2018

The public got an early look at the new Union Station in Raleigh, North Carolina, this week when hundreds turned out for a dedication ceremony.

The station was built in the shell of the former Dillon Supply Company steel warehouse and took more than eight years to come to fruition.

The $111.4 million it cost to create the station was largely paid for with more than $70 million from the federal government. The rest of the funding came from state and city government funds.

Amtrak will begin serving the station in early June and it will replace a much smaller facility that the passenger carrier now uses across the tracks from the new facility.

Raleigh Union Station is located on the western edge of downtown and features a 9,200-square-foot waiting room that with its high-backed wooden benches appears much like a traditional railroad depot.

“One of the great visions for this facility was to create an entryway into downtown,” Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said during the ceremonies.

“And in a sense, that is what we have created — a front door to the city in the heart of the city.”

Union Station will also accommodate bus service, but that section of the facility is not expected to be finished for another four years.

The building housing the station kept many features of the old steel warehouse, including the massive steel pillars and ceiling beams in the main hall.

Developers left in place two overhead gantries once used to move steel around the building. Also left was the large sliding steel door on the back wall.

Steel plates from the warehouse were used to line the walkway leading to the raised platform, which is 920 feet in length.

That is long enough to accommodate the Silver Star, which along with the Carolinian and Piedmont Service will use the new station.

A short platform at the existing station meant that the Silver Star had to stop twice.

The raised platform is at train floor length level so passengers will not have to ascend or descend steps from their trains.

It is the first train-level platform in North Carolina and one of the few in the South.

Designers left room for another platform and a set of tracks for commuter or high-speed trains that may someday serve Raleigh.

The front of Union Station features a circular driveway and a short-term parking lot with a capacity of two dozen vehicles.

Parking spaces for the station have been set aside in the public parking garage for the Dillon office tower across West Street. That parking will cost $2 an hour or $18 for the day.

Inside the station there are escalators to carry passengers from a tunnel that leads to the boarding platforms.

A five-foot-tall clock hangs on the wall just above the ticket counter. Train information is available on electronic boards.

There is room for shops and restaurants, but no leases for either have yet been signed.

York Properties is seeking tenants for 3,847 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, 6,262 square feet of offices on the second floor and a 2,702-square-foot retail or restaurant spot with a rooftop patio on the third floor.

Amtrak served 151,000 people in Raleigh in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017, making it the second busiest train station in North Carolina behind Charlotte. The station will serve 10 trains a day after it opens.

Limited Parking in Springfield

April 30, 2018

Construction work in Springfield, Illinois, has resulted in limited parking availability at the Amtrak station through May 3.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the station parking lot may be closed at times. The work is connected with the Illinois Department of Transportation High Speed Rail Project.

Amtrak is advising passengers to be dropped off or picked up if possible rather than leaving their vehicle at the station.

Alternative parking is available in the City of Springfield’s parking garage at Fourth Street and Washington Street (immediately south of the station) for $5 a day. Metered street parking is also available along Washington Street, Fourth Street and Jefferson Street. Metered spaces are free after 5 pm Friday until 7 am Monday.

Long term parking passes can be obtained in advance for the surface parking lot at the southeast corner of Fourth and Washington by contacting Springfield Downtown Parking, Inc at 217-522-2712.

Taxi, mass transit and ride-share services are also available to and from the station, which is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-St. Louis Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle.

Birmingham Amtrak Station Opens

February 5, 2018

Amtrak’s Crescent is now using the Birmingham (Alabama) Intermodal Facility with Greyhound bus lines expected to begin using it on Feb. 21.

The station opened on Jan. 30  at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority’s downtown central station.

The facility also includes Olivia’s Transit Café and is located on three blocks along Morris Avenue between 17th and 19th streets.

Eventually, the facility will have a 300-space parking lot for travelers between 16th and 17th streets. Construction of the $32 million facility began in early 2014.

“This is such an exciting time. We know the community has waited a long time to see this day and the best is yet to come,” BJCTA Executive Director Barbara Murdock said in a statement.

BJCTA will conduct a grand opening ceremony on Feb. 23.

Parking Increases at Staple Mill Station

January 17, 2018

Expansion of parking at an Amtrak station in Richmond, Virginia, has added 115 spaces to the facility at Staples Mill Road is now complete.

The project began last August and increase capacity of the parking lot to 403 spaces. Work is underway to add another 200 parking spaces at the station.

“The completion of this phase is indicative of the Commonwealth’s commitment to giving our citizens travel options, and that includes our Staples Mill passengers as we continue construction on our parking lot expansion project. These additional parking spaces will enhance the Amtrak customer experience while we continue to work towards completion,” said Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Jennifer Mitchell.