East Lansing (Amtrak station)

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East Lansing
Amtrak Blue Water.jpg
The Blue Water in East Lansing
Station statistics
Address 1240 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Coordinates 42°43′8.6″N 84°29′38.5″W / 42.719056°N 84.494028°W / 42.719056; -84.494028Coordinates: 42°43′8.6″N 84°29′38.5″W / 42.719056°N 84.494028°W / 42.719056; -84.494028
Connections Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, Greyhound Lines, Capital Area Transportation Authority
Platforms One side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes; free
Bicycle facilities Bike rack
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 1971
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code LNS
Passengers (2013) 64,552[1] Decrease 3%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron

The East Lansing Amtrak Station, in East Lansing, Michigan, is served by the Blue Water passenger train. It also serves as the intercity bus station for East Lansing, with a separate bus ticket counter and Greyhound and Indian Trails routes stopping at the station daily. It is located at 1240 South Harrison Road on the west edge of the Michigan State University campus, and is served by CATA routes 20, 35, and 39. Parking is free but is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The station has public restrooms, payphones, and vending machines, and the indoor waiting area is wheelchair accessible.

Baggage cannot be checked at this location; however, up to two suitcases in addition to any "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant equipment are allowed on board as carry-ons.


The station building was originally built as a storage facility for Michigan State University.[2]

New station[edit]

Plans for a new station complex, the Capital Area Multi Modal Gateway, were announced in 2010, and originally include a new parking structure and improved bus facilities as well as bicycle parking.[3] The project was awarded a $6.3 million grant in July 2012 by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration, and by then the parking structure had been dropped from the plan. In addition to the construction costs, CATA will pay a $3.2 million long-term lease for the site. The station property will also serve the intercity bus services of Megabus, Greyhound and Indian Trails.[4] Site work began in late July, and included demolition of the old Michigan State University Surplus Store and Printing Services buildings on-site.[5]

Passenger statistics[edit]

Passenger Statistics for the East Lansing Amtrak Station
(by calendar year)[1]
Year Total Passengers  % change
2000 27,661 -12.5%
2001 26,216 -5.2%
2002 23,502 -10.4%
2003 22,495 -4.3%
2004 33,404 +48.5%
2005 40,577 +21.5%
2006 45,212 +11.4%
2007 48,025 +6.2%
2008 51,161 +6.5%
2009 51,280 +0.2%
2010 62,241 +21.4%
2011 66,400 +6.7%
2012 64,975 -2.1%

Ridership for fiscal year 2013 was 64,552, a decrease from 66,552 in 2012.

Notable places nearby[edit]



  1. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation. Monthly Corridor Station Activity Summary, Michigan.gov, retrieved 2013-Oct-14
  2. ^ Michigan Passenger Station's website, retrieved 2009-Feb-11
  3. ^ Domsic, Melissa. Senate panel OKs $2.5M for East Lansing Amtrak station, Lansing State Journal, lsj.com, July 29, 2010, retrieved 2010-Aug-10
  4. ^ Schuster, Simon. E. Lansing Amtrak revamp delayed, The State News, 2013-Sept-26, retrieved 2013-Oct-1
  5. ^ Robinson, Laurie. "East Lansing Amtrak renovation gets underway". http://www.cata.org. Capital Area Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

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