Milwaukee Intermodal Station

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Coordinates: 43°2′3.58″N 87°55′2.69″W / 43.0343278°N 87.9174139°W / 43.0343278; -87.9174139

Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Milwaukee Intermodal Station.jpg
Milwaukee Intermodal Station and 6th Street Bridge at sunset.
Station statistics
Address 433 West Saint Paul Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Line(s)
Connections Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Greyhound
Coach USA
Indian Trails
Jefferson Lines
Lamers Bus Lines
Megabus (United States):Chicago-Milwaukee, and Chicago-Minneapolis
Milwaukee County Transit System
Platforms 4
Tracks 6
Parking Yes; paid
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 1965
Rebuilt 2007
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code MKE
Owned by WisDOT
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 617,153[1] Decrease 2.4%
Services
Ticket office, Quik-Trak ticket machine, restrooms, restaurant, vending machines
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Builder
toward Chicago
Terminus Hiawatha Service
toward Chicago

Milwaukee Intermodal Station is a train and bus station in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin served by Amtrak and several intercity motorcoach operators, including Greyhound Lines, Jefferson Lines, Indian Trails, and Lamers. Buses of the Coach USA subsidiaries Megabus and Wisconsin Coach Lines do not enter the station, but stop just outside the station on Fourth Street just north of St. Paul.[2][3] Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus route #57 serves the station directly, and several other local bus routes operate on nearby streets. The city's other Amtrak station, Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station is near the western edge of General Mitchell International Airport on the south side of the city.

The station is served daily by Amtrak's Empire Builder and frequent Hiawatha Service.

History[edit]

The Milwaukee Union Station was dedicated on August 3, 1965 by the Milwaukee Road to replace their previous Everett Street Depot. The Chicago and North Western Railroad closed their Milwaukee lakefront depot and moved their passenger operations to the new Milwaukee Road depot in 1966. The depot was built on West St. Paul Avenue in a modernistic style that proved unpopular quickly after it was erected.[4]

In November 2007 the facility was renamed the Milwaukee Intermodal Station following a $16.9 million renovation of the main building to expand the waiting area with a glass atrium and improved space for Amtrak ticketing, as well as motorcoach (bus) passenger facilities (to accommodate Greyhound service after it relocated from its former location at 7th and Michigan), restaurant, and retail space.[5] As of March 2007, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was studying possible renovations of the train shed and platform.

Canadian Pacific Railway owns the trackage within the train shed. The CP Rail C&M Subdivision runs on two mains through the station. There are 4 depot spurs used to store private railcars and Amtrak Hiawatha trains overnight.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation owns the station and platforms. The DOT's Statewide Traffic Operations Center is on the 3rd floor of the station.

There is a 300-space parking lot just west of the station.[5] As of June 2012, parking at the station was priced at $6.00 per day.[6] The station has a restaurant and a large vending area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Wisconsin" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Megabus.com". Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Coachusa.com". Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  4. ^ Holland, Kevin J. (2001). Classic American Railroad Terminals. Osceola, WI: MBI. p. 61. ISBN 9780760308325. OCLC 45908903. 
  5. ^ a b Amtrak, Greyhound now at same location[dead link]
  6. ^ "ParkMilwaukee.com". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 

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