From warehouse to train depot: A look inside Raleigh Union Station
Posted April 30, 2018 9:45 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:12 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — After more than two years of construction, Raleigh's Union Station is slated to open in a few weeks.
A dedication ceremony on Monday celebrated those who helped make the project happen. Located at the site of the former Dillon Supply Co. warehouse, 510 W. Martin St., the building is made with glass and steel, giving it an open, well-lit appearance. The building also keeps charms from the old Dillon Supply Warehouse that the station was built around.
The second floor of the station has restaurant and office spaces up for lease, and there's also a new train platform, tracks, ticketing counter and underground walkway. Raleigh Union Station is the first station in North Carolina to have a level boarding platform, allowing for easy roll-on and roll-off wheelchair access.
Ten trains will stop at Union Station daily after the it opens next month, and leaders are working on getting buses to stop there in the future.
"Union Station is a great addition to downtown Raleigh that will meet the city's needs for years to come, both as a hub of transportation and a center of activity in the community," Raleigh Mayor McFarlane said. "The event hall, plaza, and other public spaces are truly beautiful, and unique. They will make the station a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike."
The overall cost of the project is $111.4 million dollars, which includes railroad track improvements, plaza, building, concourse, and platform.