|Amtrak inter-city rail station|
Centennial (Olympia–Lacey) Amtrak Depot
|Location||6600 Yelm Highway SE|
Lacey, Washington 98513
|Owned by||BNSF Railway & Intercity Transit|
|Line(s)||BNSF Railway Seattle Subdivision|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2018)||66,442 4.76%|
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.
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.
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.
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