Kalamazoo Transportation Center

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Kalamazoo Transportation Center
Michigan Central Depot-Kalamazoo.jpg
The 1887-built Michigan Central Railroad depot in 2014
Location 459 North Burdick Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
United States
Coordinates 42°17′44″N 85°35′03″W / 42.29556°N 85.58417°W / 42.29556; -85.58417Coordinates: 42°17′44″N 85°35′03″W / 42.29556°N 85.58417°W / 42.29556; -85.58417
Owned by City of Kalamazoo
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Bus stands 20
Bus operators Metro Transit
Thruway Motorcoach
Greyhound Lines
Indian Trails
Construction
Parking Yes; paid
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: KAL
History
Opened 1887
Rebuilt 2006
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 117,997[1]Decrease 2.4%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron
Wolverine
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
toward Chicago
International Limited
toward Toronto
Michigan Central Depot (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Architect Cyrus Eidlitz
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 75000949[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 11, 1975
Designated MSHS February 21, 1975
Location
Kalamazoo Transportation Center is located in Michigan
Kalamazoo Transportation Center
Kalamazoo Transportation Center
Location within Michigan

The Kalamazoo Transportation Center is an intermodal complex in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Amtrak and Greyhound provide regular service there.[3] The center is also the major downtown transfer hub for Kalamazoo's Metro Transit bus system.

It is served by Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine trains and was formerly a stop for the International Limited, which had started in 1982 as joint operation by Via Rail and Amtrak between Chicago and Toronto, was discontinued in 2004.[4] Amtrak does not allow passengers to check luggage at Kalamazoo, but does permit carry-on of up to two suitcases plus "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant gear.

Development[edit]

The original depot was built in 1887 by the Michigan Central Railroad, to a design by architect Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz,[5] replacing an earlier structure. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 1975.[6][7]

The station was rebuilt as a multi-modal facility in the early 21st century. The project was a collaboration between local, state, and federal authorities, with the Department of Transportation awarding a $3.8 million grant.[8]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Jessup, Kathy (2006-09-16). "Transportation center off to smooth start". Kalamazoo Gazette. 
  4. ^ Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). "http://www.trainweb.com/travelogues/mattmelzer/2004d21a.html". TrainWeb.org. Retrieved August 2015. From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ Potter, Janet Greenstein (1996). Great American Railroad Stations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 344. ISBN 978-0471143895. 
  6. ^ Kalamazoo County Listings
  7. ^ Kohrman (2003), 23.
  8. ^ "$3.8 Million Transit Grant Will Help Revitalize Downtown Kalamazoo". U.S. Department of Transportation. October 19, 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kalamazoo Transportation Center at Wikimedia Commons

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