Kalamazoo Transportation Center
The 1887-built Michigan Central Railroad depot in 2014
|Location||459 North Burdick Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
|Owned by||City of Kalamazoo|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Bus operators||Metro Transit
|Station code||Amtrak code: KAL|
|Passengers (2017)||115,231 4.13%|
Michigan Central Depot (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
|Location||Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA|
|NRHP reference #||75000949|
|Added to NRHP||July 11, 1975|
|Designated MSHS||February 21, 1975|
The Kalamazoo Transportation Center is an intermodal complex in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Amtrak and Greyhound provide regular service there. 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. 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.
The original depot was built in 1887 by the Michigan Central Railroad, to a design by architect Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz, replacing an earlier structure. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 1975.
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.
Amtrak's Blue Water arrives as the sun sets. Note the Superliner consist.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Jessup, Kathy (2006-09-16). "Transportation center off to smooth start". Kalamazoo Gazette.
- Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). TrainWeb.org http://www.trainweb.com/travelogues/mattmelzer/2004d21a.html. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and TorontoMissing or empty
- Potter, Janet Greenstein (1996). Great American Railroad Stations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 344. ISBN 978-0471143895.
- Kalamazoo County Listings
- Kohrman (2003), 23.
- "$3.8 Million Transit Grant Will Help Revitalize Downtown Kalamazoo". U.S. Department of Transportation. October 19, 2004. Archived from the original on September 24, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-16.
- Media related to Kalamazoo Transportation Center at Wikimedia Commons
- Amtrak – Stations – Kalamazoo, MI
- Kalamazoo Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Kalamazoo County Listings on the National Register of Historic Places
- Kalamazoo Transportation Center (Michigan Passenger Stations)
- Kalamazoo Station (Ron's Amtrak Photos)
- Kalamazoo, MI (KAL) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)