Vernon J. Ehlers Station
|Location||440 Century Avenue, S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
|Owned by||Interurban Transit Partnership|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Bus operators||Thruway Motorcoach|
|Connections||Rapid Central Station for local, BRT and intercity bus service|
|Bicycle facilities||Bike racks|
|Opened||1984 at Wealthy/Market|
|Passengers (FY2015)||44,249 7.6%|
The Vernon J. Ehlers Station is a train station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States served by Amtrak, the U.S. national railroad passenger system. The station is the terminus of the Pere Marquette line that connects Chicago's Union Station to Grand Rapids. It opened at its new location on Century Avenue under the Wealthy Street/US-131 overpass, immediately south of The Rapid's Central Station.
The new central location allows easy connections to twenty local Rapid buses as well as Greyhound and Indian Trails intercity services. No plans have been announced yet to move Megabus services from their location opposite the old Amtrak station at Wealthy/Market to complete the multimodal transit hub.
The previous Amtrak station opened in 1984 at the corner of Wealthy Street and Market Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.
In October 2011, groundbreaking occurred on the new station. It is named in honor of former Michigan Congressman Vern Ehlers. The new station enables fully intermodal transit while allowing for more efficient train turnarounds. It was funded by a US$3.8 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration and $850,000 from the City of Grand Rapids. Due to delays in construction from CSX and the City of Grand Rapids, the station construction started in the summer of 2013. The new station opened on October 27, 2014.
Central Station lies a short distance north of the new Amtrak station.
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