Bloomington–Normal (Amtrak station)
Bloomington-Normal Station at Night
|Address||100 Parkinson Street
Normal, IL 61761
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2013)||263,235 9.7%|
The Bloomington–Normal Amtrak station is a train station in Normal, Illinois, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The current terminal was built in 2012. The station is also served by connecting busses for passengers going to Davenport, Galesburg, Peoria, Champaign/Urbana, and Indianapolis. In 2011, nearly 250,000 train passengers boarded or alighted from Amtrak trains at the old station, making Bloomington–Normal the fourth busiest Amtrak station in the Midwest behind Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, and the station served more passengers per train than St. Louis.
A public parking lot was added in 2006, which offers free long-term parking for Amtrak passengers. Passengers may obtain a long-term parking pass.
On August 7, 2010 construction began on a new intermodal facility to replace an existing station from 1990. The new facility includes administrative offices for the town and city council in addition to serving Amtrak, city and long-distance buses. The facility opened on July 14, 2012. Construction, which cost between $43 and $47 million, was funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants.
The new 68,000 square foot transportation center was designed by Ratio Architects of Champaign; it is composed primarily of red brick with limestone trim. The building's prominent corner clock tower has become a landmark for the neighborhood. Numerous environmentally sustainable features are also included, such as a green roof partially planted in vegetation that will absorb rainwater and cool the building; the rest of the roof is covered in reflective materials to deflect sunlight.
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