Sometimes the stars align and all of our levels of government work together to build something for the future. That happened with Raleigh’s Union Station project a couple of years ago.
Raleigh Union Station will serve as downtown Raleigh’s multi-modal hub for rail and transit services. It is located in the Warehouse District and connects downtown with Glenwood South and the neighborhoods between downtown and Dorothea Dix Park.
The federal government awarded more than $50 million to upgrade Raleigh’s Amtrak station and make rail improvement through a U.S. DOT American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant and U.S. DOT Transportation Investment in Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT) and the City of Raleigh also received TIGER Grants. And, the City of Raleigh chipped in more than $15 million.
But this project took more than funding, there was collaboration among the Federal Railroad Administration, NC DOT, the City of Raleigh, GoTriangle and other public and private stakeholders to do the planning and coordination to move the project forward.
Phase I of Raleigh Union Station should be completed at the end of 2017 and be fully operational early in 2018. You can watch the progress from the Boylan Avenue Bridge.
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