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Old Posted Sep 10, 2014, 12:31 AM
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Raleigh Union Station "most exciting train station project happening in the county"

Groundbreaking is set for March 21, 2015 for Raleigh's new Union Station. Amtrak’s chief architect recently visited Raleigh and called the plan “the most exciting train station project happening in the country today.” Construction will take two years with the first trains arriving in early 2017.

The station will serve Amtrak trains as well as future commuter rail service between Raleigh and Garner, Cary, Research Triangle, and Durham. It will also serve the long range goal of light rail station, too.

City officials hope the retail and commercial office space will help the building pay for itself. One restaurant space will have a rooftop view of the downtown skyline. With glass-paneled walls, the design will create a sweeping transformation from the existing brick warehouse building at the foot of Martin Street.

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Old Posted Sep 10, 2014, 8:48 AM
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"most exciting train station project happening in the county"

And, I'm sure this isn't hyperbole at all.

It's really just a decent design in my book, and smallish stations all across the country are getting decent stations. But good for Raleigh, as it's obviously an improvement.
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This looks nice and congratulations to Raleigh but the most exciting train station under construction now is the Anaheim ARTIC station, in suburban Orange Co., of all places.
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I find Denver's new Union Station, just as one example, a tad bit more exciting.
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How is the high-speed rail line from Charlotte coming along, anyway?
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This does seem nicely-planned, I like the way it nestles into the hillside and works around this challenging location at the center of a wye.
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How is the high-speed rail line from Charlotte coming along, anyway?
is Charlotte still getting a new downtown Amtrak station ?

any day now the new Miami Florida Amtrak station is opening
construction has been done for awhile ......
its not downtown but next to the airport
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happy for Raleigh and all that, but if this is the "most exciting" then it speaks rather poorly of the state of Train transport in America.
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Some more renderings of the station:





















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is Charlotte still getting a new downtown Amtrak station ?
Yeah, eventually. It will connect the planned Charlotte commuter rail, the under-construction streetcar line, and the Greyhound station as well. Still a lot of agreement that has to happen between the state, local, federal governments as well as the railroad. It is part of the high speed rail plan.
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I love the look and how it is so integrated into the community even though it i situated in the middle of the wye. A great design, and with access to 3 lines at least. I love how several parties are involved in the design and funding, and how it really creates a vision for how integrated intermodal transportation can be.
I say, if this sort of thing is happening in city like Raleigh, then the state of transportation in America must be getting pretty good.

PS : Is that 'future concorse' in the rendering where the commuter rail will stop? Also, how will the future streetcar be integrated with the station?
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Appreciate the additional renderings and especially the site plan.

An impressive design and use of the site.
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How on earth does a "city" of 430,000+ people (and metro area of 2+ mil) have no mass transit? What a joke. A shame on these "cities" and really, America in general.
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How on earth does a "city" of 430,000+ people (and metro area of 2+ mil) have no mass transit? What a joke. A shame on these "cities" and really, America in general.
What the issue is-- we can either have good infrastructure or a decade of war in Iraq and huge tax cuts and loopholes for the very wealthiest but not all three. We have to make difficult choices.

Also since the tea-party came to power in 2010 in North Carolina, led by Thom Tillis, the Republicans who control state government in North Carolina have been cutting every form of public investment, no matter how important and useful it is.
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How on earth does a "city" of 430,000+ people (and metro area of 2+ mil) have no mass transit?
What are you talking about?
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What are you talking about?
The inexplicable lack of serious mass transit in a city/metro region the size of Raleigh/Research Triangle is not only lamentable, it is a disgrace.
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How on earth does a "city" of 430,000+ people (and metro area of 2+ mil) have no mass transit? What a joke. A shame on these "cities" and really, America in general.
This statement is generally right on. Raleigh-Durham are to be commended for planning for their local light rail network but currently, what does the region have: bus service and perhaps a half dozen daily Amtrak arrivals? Many European and Asian cities of similar size have fairly extensive local rail transit networks and commuter rail. How many miles of local rail do Indianapolis, San Antonio, Tampa, Richmond, etc... have? These are cities roughly the equivalent size of the Raleigh metro area. Salt Lake seems to be the exception with small/mid-size cities lacking decent rail transit in the United States.
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Look you can moan and groan all you want, but like most problems in America, transpotation is seen only at the LOCAL level. If people in a certain area feel that they have gotten tired of sucking on exhaust on the freeway, they do something about it.

Frankly considering the administration in NC and level of service compared to other cities, It's commendable that the city is even working on such a project.
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Congrats to Raleigh (and Durham). This will revitalize the immediate area.

What's the status in the Chapel Hill - Durham LRT line?
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Raleigh had better hurry and complete this station because there might not be Amtrak trains to serve it. Republicans for OPEC!

House Bill Cuts Amtrak Funding

By Keith Laing
09/11/14
The Hill

"The House is proposing a 40 percent funding cut for new Amtrak construction in a new passenger rail bill that was unveiled on Thursday by the chamber’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Amtrak has received about $1 billion per year from the federal government since its inception in 1971.

Most of the proposed reduction comes in funding for new rail construction projects, which would be reduced from approximately $1.3 billion per year under the last Amtrak funding measure to about $770 million..."

http://thehill.com/policy/transporta...ing-40-percent
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This statement is generally right on. Raleigh-Durham are to be commended for planning for their local light rail network but currently, what does the region have: bus service and perhaps a half dozen daily Amtrak arrivals? Many European and Asian cities of similar size have fairly extensive local rail transit networks and commuter rail. How many miles of local rail do Indianapolis, San Antonio, Tampa, Richmond, etc... have? These are cities roughly the equivalent size of the Raleigh metro area. Salt Lake seems to be the exception with small/mid-size cities lacking decent rail transit in the United States.
Add Pittsburgh to that list. It's a city of 305k, MSA population of around 2.5 million. Yet, it only has a light rail line (that is slower than Parkway West Traffic most of the time), and only one daily train to Harrisburg, Philly, and New York. The Capitol Limited stops there as well, but it's in the middle of the night and only about a dozen people use those trains.

I hope Raleigh can get 'er done. I'd love to see something like this happen for Pittsburgh. The Amtrak station there is an abomination!
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