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Raleigh transit hub gets federal grant

Posted September 4, 2013

— The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Raleigh a $10 million grant for its planned regional transit hub.

City officials want to transform the old Dillon Viaduct Building warehouse on West Martin Street into a 34,000-square-foot Union Station, which would replace the cramped 62-year-old Amtrak station on Cabarrus Street – the second busiest rail terminal in the Southeast.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant will help make up for the loss of $15 million that the state Department of Transportation was supposed to provide to the Union Station project. State officials said rail upgrades between Raleigh and Charlotte had already exhausted all available funds the state received in 2010 for high-speed rail projects.

The $60 million Union Station, which is expected to open in 2017, will handle Amtrak, freight trains, high-speed regional service and commuter rail, as well as Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit buses. The station also will be a major stop on the Southeast high-speed rail corridor from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta.

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  • maybelle Sep 6, 2013

    I work close to there and 3 or 4 people are not a lot of people some days I don't see any one get off.
    Are you all there on the week end, if so maybe more travel then or late Friday night?

  • Cock a doodle doo Sep 6, 2013

    "I rarely see anyone getting on or off a train in Raleigh. Where did the stats come from? NY maybe?" --maybelle

    What do you do? Hang out there? Seem kind of bizarre- I think I'll stick with the statistics.

  • SubwayScoundrel Sep 6, 2013

    If its #2 then we are in trouble I rarely see anyone getting on or off a train in Raleigh. Where did the stats come from? NY maybe? --maybelle

    I am downtown quite often and every time I see the train pull in, there are a lot of people getting on and off the train. Not to mention parking is so tight there

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Sep 5, 2013

    "I actually believe that decision - what projects should be funded - should go to the states as they know what are the biggest need in their states." - aprince27

    :-) What a scary idea right now!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Sep 5, 2013

    "...it's helpful and a small piece of a more complex overall puzzle but I don't see that when completed in 2017 this station being the nirvana of transportation, at least not yet." - aprince27

    Good and thoughtful post, aprince27.

    It should be noted that the $10M federal money partially offsets $15.1M earmarked for the Raleigh Union Station, but re-routed to fund Charlotte area rail improvements just 11 weeks ago - by the NC state DOT...federal money from the PIP - Piedmont (Rail) Improvement Program to improve rail service between Raleigh and Charlotte.

  • maybelle Sep 5, 2013

    If its #2 then we are in trouble I rarely see anyone getting on or off a train in Raleigh.
    Where did the stats come from? NY maybe?

  • aprince27 Sep 5, 2013

    in all honesty, TIGER has become a competitive version of pork "earmark" spending. Where did the money come from, it was actually budgetted the past few years, and TIGER grants have been included in future transportation budgets. Though that I believe is still pending between the Senate and the US House.

    http://www.transportationissuesdaily.com/tiger-funding-increased-by-senate-committee-for-2014/

    I'm torn I do like the use of competitive grants but it then allows the federal government to choose winners & losers on in some cases (See Goldsboro) local projects.

    I actually believe that decision - what projects should be funded - should go to the states as they know what are the biggest need in their states.

  • aprince27 Sep 5, 2013

    The $10 million game from the USDOT TIGER Grant program. There were over 800 applications for grant money.

    52 projects received a total of $474 million
    http://www.dot.gov/tiger

    In NC, the Raleigh proposal and one in Goldsboro received grants. Charlotte's Street Car line did not receive it. One could argue that Charlotte's proposal would have a more impact on transit than Raleigh's train station.

    I don't believe it was squandered by our state, ILoveDowntownRaleigh, as there are so many projects in the state needed that not everyone is getting funded.

    What would you say to the folks in Charlotte that thought this would help expand a streetcar system? Or to other NC applicants.

    It's great that the grant will help build the station. If i am not mistaken this doesn't cover the entire cost - only phase 1B.

    It's helpful and a small piece of a more complex overall puzzle but I don't see that when completed in 2017 this station being the nirvana of transportation, at least not yet

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Sep 5, 2013

    "...which would replace the cramped 62-year-old Amtrak station on Cabarrus Street – the second busiest rail terminal in the Southeast."

    "Sounds like it's warranted. I would not have guessed that we had the second busiest station in the SE." - voteforpedro

    And when completed in 2017, there will also be an adjacent new and larger bus station to better Moore Square. The net result will be a perfect confluence of pedestrian, auto, bus, and rail transportation all in one place...

    Definitely worth whatever it costs (sorry to all you shills who have been indoctrinated with tax cut fever by the global corporations working thru the GOP).

  • Cock a doodle doo Sep 5, 2013

    "Where did the money come from? " - meepers

    Hey, Governor Pope just found 10 million "just like that" yesterday, so what's the issue today?

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