Plans to revitalize the Milwaukee Amtrak Station picked up steam when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and a development group known as Milwaukee Intermodal Partners signed a contract creating a public/private partnership for the project. Discussions about revitalizing the station have been ongoing for several years--first in the late-1990s by the previous owner (those plans fell through); and more recently by WisDOT, the present owner of the building.
In addition to some much needed cosmetic improvements, the building is intended to become an intermodal station, primarily served by trains (Amtrak service, as well as the proposed Metra extension and high-speed rail), buses (local, regional, and national). Pedestrian and bicycle amenities are also being considered. The developers are in talks with Greyhound and Badger bus operators to relocate thier terminals (both of which are just a few blocks away, across the street from one another) to the Amtrak station.
The station's exterior will receive a major facade overhaul and new canopied entrances/bus loading areas.
The station's interior will be reconfigured to accommodate additional ticket counters (for trains and the buses, and car rentals) and a few small retail spaces (the restaurant that used to be in the station was closed a few years ago and replaced by a wall of vending machines). The waiting areas will feature improved displays of schedules fro trains, buses, and flights at Mitchell Field (where a new station is being built).
The $3.9 million project is expected to be completed in 2005.
All aboard, to the WisDOT press release: Contract signing is first step in turning Amtrak Station into "Gateway to Milwaukee"
Pictured below is a preliminary rendering of the remodeled Milwaukee Amtrak Station.
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