Transportation Officials Partner to Bring Raleigh’s Union Station Closer to Reality Friday, September 21, 2012

(RALEIGH) – Federal Railroad Administrator (FRA) Joseph Szabo joined the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the city of Raleigh today to celebrate full funding of Raleigh’s Union Station. Monies from the city, state and federal coffers, and contributions from transit groups, totaling more than $60 million, now have been committed to building Union Station and the surrounding track work.

NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti said hard work and tireless effort helped to secure the funding. ”This is a clear cut example of how when local, state and federal groups work hand-in-hand wonderful things can happen,” he said. “Congratulations to the city of Raleigh for having such vision.”

The $15.1 million from North Carolina’s $545 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) award, which will now be used to help build Union Station, comes from projects unspecified for funding.  Additionally, $466,000 in federal dollars and a $250,000 match from each the city and the state helps provide the final piece of funding.

The city is working with FRA, NCDOT and TTA, which is providing its downtown Viaduct facility worth approximately $1.4 million, for the building of the new Union Station.  The city also has partnered with Norfolk Southern, Amtrak and the North Carolina Railroad Company.  

The city of Raleigh began a study in September 2010 in search of a multimodal transportation center.  An NCDOT study concluded the project was feasible and calculated the cost to be approximately $60 million. In June of this year, a TIGER grant totaling $21 million was announced.  

NCDOT engineers anticipant the project design will begin in January of next year, with construction starting in January of 2012.  Construction of the new Raleigh Union Station project is expected to be completed in January 2017.

The existing Raleigh Train Station served close to 200,000 passengers in 2011, which was a 17% increase over 2010. That rate is expected to be surpassed in 2012.  NCDOT officials say the station is serving ridership which far exceeds its waiting area and parking capacity today, and therefore prevents growth in passenger ridership and revenue across the state.

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