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State to Renovate Goldsboro Train Station

Posted August 17, 2007 2:36 p.m. EDT

— The state Department of Transportation said Friday that it has purchased Union Station, Goldsboro's former passenger train station, and plans to restore it for use as a multi-modal transportation center.

The two-story, 10,000-square-foot station, which was built in 1909, was sold to a private business in 1972 after passenger rail service to Goldsboro was discontinued, officials said. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

“What we are witnessing today is truly a merger of the old and the new,” state Board of Transportation member Tom Betts of Rocky Mount said in a statement. “An important part of Goldsboro’s history is being reclaimed and will be given new identity and purpose that will serve the citizens of Goldsboro and Wayne County for many years to come.”

Gateway, Goldsboro’s combined urban and rural transportation system, and intercity bus service provider Greyhound are among possible transit tenants at the restored station, as are future facilities to host a proposed commuter rail service between Goldsboro and Raleigh and intercity passenger rail service to Wilmington and Morehead City.

The DOT has restored a dozen train stations statewide though its Historic Station Restoration and Preservation Program. Restoration of the Goldsboro station is expected to begin next July and take two years to complete.