Old warehouse gets OK to serve as Raleigh transit hub
Posted January 3, 2012
Updated January 4, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the idea of using a former warehouse on West Martin Street as a new rail station for both Amtrak passenger lines and planned regional commuter rail service.
The warehouse, known as the Dillon Viaduct Building, dates to the 1940s and is now owned by Triangle Transit.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is leading a study to determine the feasibility of using the warehouse as the proposed rail station. If approved, the renovated warehouse would be first phase of Union Station, which also is expected to handle bus and other transit services.
Raleigh voters approved a $40 million transportation bond issue in October that included $3 million in improvements for Union Station. About $30 million in state and federal funds would also be used for the first phase of the facility.
The projected cost for an 18-mile commuter rail system across the Triangle is $1.43 billion.