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Station project


Project Fast Facts
  • County: Wake
  • Type of Project: Passenger Train Station
  • STIP Number: P-5500
  • Estimated Cost: $73 M
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2014
Raleigh Train Station

Description

The City of Raleigh and NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are proposing to construct a new passenger train station in downtown Raleigh at 510 West Martin Street. The station would replace the existing Amtrak Station on Cabarrus Street, which routinely experiences overcrowding and lacks the adequate platform size to serve the longer trains that access the station.

This project is among improvements to the railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety.

News and Updates


The Environmental Assessment and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation was approved on March 12, 2014. The document is available for download and viewing at the link below. The opportunity for public comments on the Environmental Assessment ends on April 30, 2014. Comments can be submitted by clicking the “Contact Us” link under the Contact Information section below:

P-5500 Raleigh Union Station EA Section4(f)

Public Hearing Maps are available for viewing. Electronic copies of the Hearing Map can be downloaded by clicking the “Public Hearing Maps” link to the above right. The Public Hearing Maps are also available for viewing at the following locations:

  • NCDOT 5th Division
    1st District Engineer’s Office:

    4009 District Drive
    Raleigh

  • City of Raleigh
    Construction Management Office:

    One Exchange Plaza
    219 Fayetteville Street, Suite 801
    Raleigh

News Releases

Public Meeting

Public meetings are scheduled regularly. Check back for upcoming meetings.

The first public information session was held on March 6, 2013.
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The second public information session was held on May 1, 2013.
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The third public information session was held on June 26, 2013.
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Schedule

  • The station and track design began in January 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015, and be completed in early 2017.

Project Overview and Purpose

  • Currently four daily round trip passenger trains serve the Raleigh Amtrak Station: New York to Charlotte Carolinian, Raleigh to Charlotte Piedmont (2), and the New York to Miami Silver Star. Two additional Raleigh to Charlotte Piedmont round trips are planned in the near future to meet increasing service demands.
  • The Raleigh Amtrak Station served 164,000 passengers in 2012, making it one of the busiest Amtrak stations in the Southeastern U.S.
  • The location and size of the current train station cannot accommodate expected ridership growth, nor accommodate a desired downtown multimodal transportation center. NCDOT, the City of Raleigh and the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) aligned plans, visions, and funding to develop this improved facility. It will accommodate current and future demand for intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, light rail, city bus, regional bus, taxis, bicycles, and other modes of transportation.
  • The two waiting rooms in the existing Raleigh Amtrak Station provide only 1,800 square feet of passenger waiting space, often requiring passengers to wait outside. Also, the current station has only 54 parking spaces, which does not support the passenger demand. The limited parking results in vehicles double parking, as well as parking on adjacent private property, and along streets in the adjoining neighborhood.

Project Highlights

  • The project calls for reusing a TTA-owned industrial building which has been vacant since 2005. The 26,000 square foot building will provide 9,200 square feet of passenger waiting and civic space.
  • Access to the boarding platforms will be via at grade concourse which is below grade only where it passes under one track to across the center island platform.
  • The 800-foot long passenger platform will include a 600 foot long canopy providing patrons protection from the elements. The center-island platform will allow passengers to board from either side, thereby providing more flexibility for train operations. The platform will be level with the trains, so passengers will not have to use steps.
  • Currently, when passenger trains are at the existing station, the mainline railroad track is blocked. This forces freight and other passenger trains to wait until the passenger loading or unloading is complete before they can proceed through the station area. The new facility will have two dedicated tracks that remove passenger trains from the mainline tracks, thus improving operations for freight and passenger train operations.
  • The project will displace the existing Cabarrus Yard freight storage tracks inside Boylan Wye, so these tracks will be replaced by equivalent tracks nearby.

Cost

The project is estimated to cost approximately $73 million, based on 25% design plans.

Current funding totals $66,250,000, as follows:

USDOT TIGER 2012 Grant$26,500,000
NCDOT TIGER 2012 Match$9,000,000
USDOT TIGER 2013 Grant$10,000,000
City of Raleigh TIGER 2013 Match$5,750,000
USDOT ARRA Grant$15,000,000

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Contact Information

Ryan L. White, P.E.
Project Development Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-4717
  • Address: 1553 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699

Craig Newton, P.E.
NCDOT Rail Division Facilities Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone:919-707-4731
  • Address: 1553 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.