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Rising construction costs put Raleigh's Union Station over budget

Posted October 21, 2015

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.
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— Rising costs of construction and materials have the Union Station project in Raleigh running about $10 million over budget, city leaders said.

Construction of the passenger rail station, scheduled to open in 2017, is funded through a mix of federal and local dollars. It includes a $15 million contribution from the state Department of Transportation and $10 million from a federal governement grant.

The city's contribution was expected to total between $18 million and $19 million, but the overrun leaves the city with nearly a $3 million budget gap.

Planning for the station has been in the works since the 1990s and has long been a part of the city's draft master plan. Construction of the facility is a joint project between the Department of Transportation and the City of Raleigh as part of an effort to improve the rail corridor between the capital city and Charlotte.

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  • John McCray Oct 21, 2015
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    Thank you for your insight. It's always a good thing to see criticism being constructively backed by references.

  • Amy Singleton Oct 21, 2015
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    My husband was the IT Director for Dillon Supply at the time the building was sold and moved them into their new building off the US64 bypass. We've followed the whole thing closely out of curiosity when the building sat unused for 10 years after the TTA sale. You can find additional information confirming the rest of what I posted from several articles including this one in 2012:

    http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-hitch-in-raleighs-rail-plans/Content?oid=3157404

  • John McCray Oct 21, 2015
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    Source?

  • Roger Way Oct 21, 2015
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    Thank you for sharing that remarkable insight. Who needs a mask and gun when you can work for the government?

  • Alonzo Eubank Oct 21, 2015
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    No matter the cost this rail system will NEVER take you to the RDU airport.. They value the park and ride revenue over actually having a computer system that works.. Capitalism at it's worst..

  • Roger Way Oct 21, 2015
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    No surprise here. NCDOT Business as usual...

  • Amy Singleton Oct 21, 2015
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    The TTA forced Dillon Supply to sell them these buildings for $9.8 million, threatening imminent domain, even though the President of Dillon did not want to relocate. The DOT contributed 25% of the 9.8 million. TTA lost light rail funding. TTA sold to Citrix for $2 million, no notice to DOT with $500k going to the DOT. Then they had to get right-of-way agreement from the building owners, Citrix, to build their Union Station. The TTA sale itself almost cost the state another $10 million without concessions from Citrix. Cost overruns in construction are a shock? The purchase and development of this property using tax dollars has been mismanaged by bureaucrats since day 1.

  • Laura Collins Oct 21, 2015
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    Cut the fat. Surely somewhere in that budget is some really expensive art that could be cut and replaced with local artists' work for a better deal?

  • William Teach Oct 21, 2015
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    Um, surprise?