Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Slaughter: train station construction starts in August

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

House Representative Louise Slaughter says that construction on a new city Amtrak station will start in August. The intermodal station will also house Greyhound/Trailways, which currently operates south of the station.

A rendering of the planned city train stations exterior.
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  • A rendering of the planned city train station's exterior.

Slaughter gave an update on the project's progress to the media this afternoon. Construction is expected to cost $23 million — the full cost with preliminary and planning work is $27 million — and the project is fully funded. It's received $18.5 million in federal transportation grants, $7.5 million in state funding, and $500,000 from the city, according to a fact sheet from Slaughter's office.

The fact sheet says that construction should be completed in 2016. Aesthetically, the new station is modeled after the old Claude Bragdon-designed building, Slaughter said. The station will comply with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements, and the plans also call for a greater focus on parking lot security. The current station was built in 1970 and was supposed to be temporary.

"It's going to be a nice gateway into the city," Slaughter said of the new facility.

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