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Raleigh transit hub taking shape

Posted March 7, 2013

— Raleigh residents got their first look at the planned design for a new downtown transportation station Wednesday at a public meeting at Meymandi Concert Hall. 

The $60 million project would move Amtrak's Raleigh service to a vacant, 26,000-square-foot building in the city's warehouse district at 510 W. Martin St. It would also be built to accommodate existing and future public transportation such as buses and commuter or light rail, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has said.

The plans, presented by architects from Clearscapes, show a massive, multi-story passenger waiting area with vast views out onto the city. About one-third of the space would be used for offices, ticket counters and administration. Two blocks inside the terminal would be available for lease to restaurants or retail shops.

The project is expected to be complete sometime in 2017.

The next public hearing is scheduled for May 1.

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  • dmccall Mar 11, 8:29 a.m.

    It makes no sense to have pedestrians descend through a plaza, then pop up on the other side then descend again to pop up at the platform. The new plan has no better parking than the current building's. They need to go back to the drawing board and quit insisting on using this very forgettable box. Put the terminal on the East side of the wye, along with multimodal levels, and bridge over tracks to the platforms.

  • Six String Mar 8, 6:17 p.m.

    "You can ride the buses in Chapel Hill for free right now."

    "No one rides for free. Someone, the taxpayer, is paying for it."

    True statement. Traffic lights are not free; bridges and roads are not free; public school is not free; Police and Fire Department are not free, elections are not free. Taxes support society's functions at a lower cost than we could each individually pay and are the cost we pay for living as we do.

  • JDAmbrosio Mar 8, 4:26 p.m.

    The infrastructure in that particular location will support the project only modestly. Why build it if you're projected to outgrow it in less than 3 years? More wasted dollars. Shameful.

  • stevengs Mar 8, 2:03 p.m.

    They should have bought the old Seaboard station and renovated it. I would have been not only a great station, but also station, but also a great tourist attratction.

  • Titus Pullo Mar 8, 12:57 p.m.

    "You can ride the buses in Chapel Hill for free right now."

    OMG! Did you really say that? For free? The few remaining working people who pay taxes are paying for that. It isn't free.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 8, 10:11 a.m.

    Sounds like a good idea to me. I would love to see more public transportation options available. Gas is nearing $4.00/gal. and taxis are WAY too expensive. Sometimes the wife and I like to go out for a few drinks, but don't want to drive. I can get a monthly bus pass cheaper than cab fare from home to downtown and back home.

  • monkeyboy Mar 8, 9:23 a.m.

    http://www.seattlemonorail.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgantown_Personal_Rapid_Transit

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 8, 8:21 a.m.

    "Elevated systems are expensive to build the equipment is more expensive and they are ugly. I can hear the complaints about the flying trains now

    Look at Detroit's People Mover. What a scam

  • daddyankee Mar 8, 8:01 a.m.

    Ok so a new homeless shelter is being built. I get it.

  • I am not who you think I am Mar 7, 6:42 p.m.

    "Elevated systems are expensive to build the equipment is more expensive and they are ugly. I can hear the complaints about the flying trains now"

    They're not ugly at Disney World ;-)

    they aren't in someones backyard at DisneyWorld

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