The project reuses an industrial building that has been vacant for more than a decade. The 26,000-square-foot building provides 9,200 square feet of passenger areas.
The concourse between the station and boarding platforms are at-grade with natural light except for a short distance where it passes under one track and then up onto the center island platform.
The 920 foot-long passenger platform includes a canopy to offer passengers protection from the elements. The center island platform allows them to board trains on either side. The platform is also be level with the train doors, so passengers will not need steps or wheelchair lifts.
The layout of the former station on Cabarrus Street caused passenger trains to block the mainline railroad track when passengers were boarding. This forced freight and other passenger trains to stop and wait until a passenger train in front of them moved on before they could travel through the station area. Raleigh Union Station has two dedicated tracks specifically for trains that are stopping at the facility. This removes passenger trains from the mainline tracks, which allows freight and other passenger trains to bypass the station.
Raleigh Union Station cost approximately $88.8 million and was funded as shown in the following table.
|City of Raleigh||$25.9 million |
|N.C. Department of Transportation||$9 million |
|Federal TIGER and ARRA*||$53.9 million |
*Funding from Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants