Centennial Station

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Centennial Station
Amtrak inter-city rail station
Olympia station.jpg
Centennial (Olympia-Lacey) Amtrak Depot
Location 6600 Yelm Highway SE
Lacey, Washington 98513[1]
 United States
Coordinates 46°59′29″N 122°47′39″W / 46.99145°N 122.79403°W / 46.99145; -122.79403Coordinates: 46°59′29″N 122°47′39″W / 46.99145°N 122.79403°W / 46.99145; -122.79403
Owned by BNSF Railway & Intercity Transit[2]
Line(s) BNSF Railway Seattle Subdivision
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections Intercity Transit
Construction
Parking Free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code OLW
History
Opened 1993[3][2]
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 63,426[4]Increase 0.41%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
toward Seattle
Amtrak Cascades
  Suspended services  
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
toward Seattle
Amtrak Cascades
  Former services  
toward Seattle
Pioneer
Discontinued in 1997
toward Chicago
Location
Location of the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak Station
Location of the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak Station
Location of Centennial Station within Washington

The Centennial Station (also known as Olympia–Lacey) is a train station located immediately south of Lacey, Washington, United States that also serves the capital city of Olympia. The station is served by Amtrak's (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight.

Local transit connections are provided by Intercity Transit. Bus routes 64 and 94 connect to Lacey and Olympia Transit centers.[5][6]

History[edit]

The original Union Pacific station at East Olympia was demolished in the late 1960s. It was used by the pool trains that ran between Seattle and Portland by all three railroads that used the line, Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and Union Pacific. Northern Pacific also had a station at Kyro, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of the current station. Amtrak trains during the 1970s and 1980s used a wooden shelter as East Olympia's passenger train station, however the station site was remote and had no public transport, no lighting and a pot-holed gravel parking lot with a public telephone that rarely worked.[7][8]

The new Centennial Station was built by the non-profit Amtrak Depot Committee and opened in early 1993 following a six-year fundraising and lobbying effort by citizens of Thurston County. It is believed to be the only Amtrak station in the nation operated and built entirely by volunteers.[3]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lacey, WA - Olympia (OLW)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Great American Stations: Olympia-Lacey, WA (OLW)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Train Platform Improved at Olympia/Lacey Centennial Station". Washington State Department of Transportation. Retrieved 26 Feb 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of Washington" (PDF). amtrak.com. Amtrak. Nov 2017. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018. 
  5. ^ "Route 64". www.intercitytransit.com. Intercity Transit. Archived from the original on 2014-01-12. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  6. ^ "Route 94". www.intercitytransit.com. Intercity Transit. Archived from the original on 2014-01-12. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  7. ^ "Centennial Station - Lacey, Washington". waymarking.com. Goundspeak, Inc. Retrieved 12 Jan 2014. [self-published source?]
  8. ^ Hall, C.B. (February 21, 2012). "Amtrak finds it hard to take citizens' help, even when they build a station". Crosscut.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 

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