Birmingham station (Alabama)

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Birmingham station
Birmingham Depot.jpg
The Crescent at Birmingham.
Location 1819 Morris Avenue
Birmingham, AL
Coordinates 33°30′46″N 86°48′25″W / 33.51278°N 86.80694°W / 33.51278; -86.80694Coordinates: 33°30′46″N 86°48′25″W / 33.51278°N 86.80694°W / 33.51278; -86.80694
Owned by CSX
Platforms 2, 1 used by Amtrak currently
Tracks 2
Parking 30 short term on site, Long Term located half block away.
Bicycle facilities No
Disabled access No
Other information
Station code BHM
Opened 1960
Passengers (2013) 48,759[1]Increase 0.1%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans

Birmingham station is a train station in Birmingham, Alabama, serving Amtrak. It is located on the site of a station originally built by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1960, although Amtrak did not use the building itself and it was torn down in the 2000s. Amtrak's Crescent provides daily service between New York City, Atlanta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana.

The L&N built the new station for $500,000, replacing Union Station which it had used since 1887. One writer described this new station as "modern in every respect."[2]:322 When Amtrak assumed control of most inter-city passenger service on May 1, 1971, its Floridian continued to use the L&N station. The Southern Railway, which had declined to join Amtrak, continued to use its own station several blocks to the northeast. On February 1, 1979 the Southern Railway conveyed its passenger service to Amtrak and the Southern Crescent (shortened to Crescent) began serving the ex-L&N station as well.[3]:310 Amtrak discontinued the Floridian in October, 1979 but the Crescent has operated uninterrupted ever since. Between 1989-1995 Alabama funded a Mobile, Alabama section of the Crescent named the Gulf Breeze.

Birmingham plans in 2010 to build a new multimodal station at the site of the 1960s Louiville and Nashville station. It will connect to the current station which will be reconfigured for access to the platforms.[4]

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