Uptown Station

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Uptown Station
Uptown Station Normal IL.jpg
Other names Bloomington–Normal
Location 11 Uptown Circle
Normal, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 40°30′31″N 88°59′03″W / 40.50861°N 88.98417°W / 40.50861; -88.98417Coordinates: 40°30′31″N 88°59′03″W / 40.50861°N 88.98417°W / 40.50861; -88.98417
Owned by Town of Normal
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Train operators Amtrak
Bus operators Connect Transit
Burlington Trailways
Peoria Charter
Construction
Parking 380 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Architect Ratio Architects
Architectural style Four-story red brick structure with limestone lintels and doorways
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: BNL
History
Opened 1990
Rebuilt 2012
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 254,317 [1]Decrease 2.8%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward St. Louis
Lincoln Service
toward Chicago
Texas Eagle
Location
Uptown Station is located in Illinois
Uptown Station
Uptown Station
Location within Illinois

Uptown Station is an intermodal transportation center[2] in Normal, Illinois, United States. It is served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system and also connecting buses for passengers going to Davenport, Galesburg, Peoria, Champaign/Urbana, and Indianapolis. Amtrak service is provided by Lincoln Service, and the Texas Eagle. This was also a stop for the Ann Rutledge until April 2007.

In 2014, 261,631 train passengers boarded or alighted from Amtrak trains making it the fourth busiest Amtrak station in the Midwest behind Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.[3]

New facility[edit]

On August 7, 2010, construction began on a new intermodal facility to replace an existing station from 1990. The new facility includes administrative offices and council chambers for the town in addition to serving Amtrak, city and long-distance buses.[2] The facility opened on July 14, 2012.[4] Construction, which cost between $43 and $47 million, was funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants.[5][6]

The new 68,000-square-foot (6,300 m2) transportation center was designed by Ratio Architects of Champaign; it is composed primarily of red brick with limestone trim.[7] The building's prominent corner clock tower has become a landmark for the neighborhood. Numerous environmentally sustainable features are also included, such as a green roof partially planted in vegetation that will absorb rainwater and cool the building; the rest of the roof is covered in reflective materials to deflect sunlight.[7]

Connections[edit]

Bus transportation providers are: [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Uptown Station". Town of Normal. Retrieved January 2016. Uptown Station serves as host to numerous transportation providers in addition to housing the Town of Normal municipal offices and Town Council chambers 
  3. ^ http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/ILLINOIS14.pdf
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Ford, Mary Ann (August 7, 2010). "Officials: Transportation Hub Will Help Economy". The Pantagraph (Bloomington). Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Aug 13, 2010: Hotline #667". NARP. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Great American Stations. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "Transportation Providers". Town of Normal. Retrieved January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Burlington Illinois Locations". Burlington Trailways. Retrieved January 2016. Bloomington/Normal, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL 
  10. ^ Peoria Charter

External links[edit]

Media related to Bloomington–Normal (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons