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
Coach USA - Wisconsin Coach Lines
Greyhound
Indian Trails
Jefferson Lines
Lamers Bus Lines
Megabus
Tracks 6
Parking Yes; paid
Bicycle facilities Bublr Bikes bike-share
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 1965
Rebuilt 2007
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code MKE
Owned by WisDOT
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 617,153 (Amtrak only)[1] Decrease 2.4%
Services
Ticket offices, 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 the main intercity bus and train station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, located downtown. The station is served by Amtrak's Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service as well as bus companies Coach USA - Wisconsin Coach Lines (regional and intercity services), Greyhound Lines, Jefferson Lines, Indian Trails, Lamers, and Megabus.

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) local bus route 57 serves the station directly, and several other local bus routes operate on nearby streets.

The city's other intercity stations include Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station near General Mitchell International Airport on the south side of the city and several other intercity bus stations. Intercity bus companies with a presence in Milwaukee besides those at serving the intermodal include Badger Bus and Tornado Bus.

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 station (Lake Front 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[3] As of June 2012, parking at the station was priced at $6.00 per day.[4] 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. ^ Holland, Kevin J. (2001). Classic American Railroad Terminals. Osceola, WI: MBI. p. 61. ISBN 9780760308325. OCLC 45908903. 
  3. ^ a b Amtrak, Greyhound now at same location[dead link]
  4. ^ "ParkMilwaukee.com". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 

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