Green River station (Utah)

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Green River, UT
Amtrak inter-city rail station
Green River Amtrak.jpg
Green River station in October 2007
Location250 South Broadway
Green River, Utah
United States
Coordinates38°59′31.5″N 110°09′55″W / 38.992083°N 110.16528°W / 38.992083; -110.16528Coordinates: 38°59′31.5″N 110°09′55″W / 38.992083°N 110.16528°W / 38.992083; -110.16528
Owned byUnion Pacific Railroad[1]
Line(s)
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking20 long term spaces
5 short term spaces[2]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGRI
Traffic
Passengers (2016)2,589[3]Increase 14.1%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago

The Green River station is a train station in Green River, Utah. It is served by Amtrak's California Zephyr, which runs once daily between Chicago and Emeryville, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The station has a platform only with no passenger shelter and no services.[1]

History[edit]

The former train depot in Thompson Springs, last used in 1997

The station was originally built by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and called the "Blake Station".[1] It is now owned by the Union Pacific Railroad.[1]

Amtrak took over most intercity passenger service on May 1, 1971. However, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) opted to continue to privately operate its Rio Grande Zephyr. In 1983, facing heavy losses, the D&RGW agreed to allow Amtrak to reroute the San Francisco Zephyr over its Moffat Tunnel Route mainline. A mudslide severed the line on April 14, 1983, ending Rio Grande Zephyr service west of Grand Junction, Colorado. After the line was rebuilt, Amtrak's newly renamed California Zephyr began operating over the D&RGW on July 16, 1983, with stops at both Thompson Springs and Green River. The Green River stop was eliminated along with lightly used stops at Bond and Rifle in Colorado on October 30, 1983.[4]

On May 11, 1997, Amtrak closed Thompson station and reopened Green River with a handicapped-accessible platform. The Desert Wind and Pioneer were eliminated the same day; they had passed through Green River for years but never stopped there.[4] The Thompson station building was later removed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Great American Stations: Green River, UT (GRI)". greatamericanstations.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 8 Jan 2014.
  2. ^ "Green River, UT (GRI)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 22 Aug 2013.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Utah" (PDF). amtrak.com. Amtrak. Nov 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 144, 155. ISBN 978-0-253-34705-3.

External links[edit]

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