Union Station (Jackson, Mississippi)

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Union Station
Amtrak Jackson, MS Station.jpg
Jackson's Union Station as seen from Capitol Street
Station statistics
Address 300 West Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Coordinates 32°18′04″N 90°11′28″W / 32.3010°N 90.1910°W / 32.3010; -90.1910Coordinates: 32°18′04″N 90°11′28″W / 32.3010°N 90.1910°W / 32.3010; -90.1910
Line(s)
Platforms 3 island platform
Tracks 5
Other information
Opened 1927
Rebuilt 2003-2004
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code JAN
Owned by City of Jackson
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 48,327[1] Decrease 3%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans
City of New Orleans
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Illinois Central
toward New Orleans
Main Line
Terminus Clarksdale – Jackson
toward Clarksdale
toward Shreveport
Vicksburg Route Division
toward Meridian
toward Natchez
Natchez – Jackson Terminus
Terminus Gulf and Ship Island Railroad
Main Line
toward Gulfport
Location
Location of the Jackson Amtrak Station.
Location of the Jackson Amtrak Station.
Location within Mississippi

Union Station is an intermodal transit station in Jackson, Mississippi, United States. It is operated by the Jackson Transit System and serves Amtrak rail lines, Greyhound Lines intercity buses, and is Jackson's main city bus station.[2]

History[edit]

Train service first came to Jackson, Mississippi in 1840, when the Clinton and Vicksburg Railway established a connection. The city became a more prominent rail hub after the American Civil War as a stop for what eventually became the Illinois Central Railroad. The modern Georgian Revival station was built in 1927 by Illinois Central when the rail lines were rebuilt through downtown.[1]

After years of disuse, in 2003 the City of Jackson purchased the building from the Canadian National Railway, the successor to Illinois Central, with the intention of turning it into a multimodal hub named Union Station. The city undertook a $20 million renovation funded by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act and the Jackson Redevelopment Authority; Dale and Associates were chosen as architects. The city converted the building into the Jackson Transit System's primary bus station and added facilities for Greyhound Lines. The former freighthouse was converted for use by Amtrak, and other areas of the building were redesigned for commercial use. Dale and Associates received a 2005 Mississippi AIA Merit Award for the completed project.[1] It is listed as a Mississippi Landmark.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Mississippi" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jatran.com". jatran.com. JATRAN. 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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