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Raleigh $6.5 million short in funding train station

Posted March 24, 2014

Officials want to transform the former Dillion Viaduct Building on West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh into Union Station, a transit hub for the region.

— Raleigh officials will have to come up with an additional $6.5 million to completely fund all elements of the new Union Station.

The city already has about $66.25 million in hand from state, federal and city funding, but the total cost of the first phase of the project is estimated to come in at about $73 million. Additional funding is needed to cover the construction of Union Plaza, a stormwater garden and an Amtrak crew base addition.

To close the funding gap, the city could scale down the plan, consider bond funding or special tax districts or tap into some existing grant opportunities. 

Councilors got an update on the station at its Tuesday work session, but much of the conversation centered on a future bus hub that would come as part of the second phase of the project, which is currently unfunded.

Raleigh Public Record: City studying locations for bus connections

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  • short Apr 2, 2014

    doom to failure......will forever run in the red.

  • skeeter II Mar 25, 2014

    Does the cost include the cost of relocating the railroad tracks and building parking lots for those riding the train to other cities?

    If Raleigh wants this to work, they should insist that the train go through RDU to assist people in going to and from the airport to fly out.

  • John Phillips Mar 25, 2014
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    Just increae the fee to people who use the station - the train passengers - by enough to recover the entire cost say, within three years. So the $73 million would be split among the 140,000 who use ther train annualy, or a ticket price increase of $173. Seems fair to me.