Spokane Intermodal Center
|Amtrak inter-city rail station|
|Location||221 West 1st Avenue|
Spokane, Washington 99201
|Owned by||City of Spokane|
|Line(s)||BNSF Railway Spokane Subdivision|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections||Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach|
Spokane Transit Authority
|Passengers (2017)||50,347 1.69%|
The Spokane Intermodal Center is an intermodal transport facility located in Spokane, Washington, United States. It serves as a station, re-fueling, and service stop for the Amtrak Empire Builder, as well as the Greyhound, Trailways, and Jefferson Lines station for Spokane. The Empire Builder provides service daily between Chicago, Illinois and Spokane before continuing on to Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon.[Note 1]
The station was built in 1891 for the Northern Pacific Railway. It was remodeled in 1994 to allow buses to share the station, creating an intermodal facility.
The Intermodal Center is unique in the operation of the Empire Builder in that the westbound train splits into separate sections serving Seattle and Portland. Since 1981, when the westbound train arrives in the middle of the night, the first six Superliner cars (five passenger cars, a diner and a baggage car) go to King Street Station in Seattle, while a single locomotive from Spokane takes the last four cars (the Sightseer Lounge, two coaches and a sleeper) to Portland Union Station. The eastbound trains use the reverse operation, joining in Spokane in the middle of the night before continuing on to the east end of the line at Chicago Union Station. (The next eastbound stop is in Sandpoint, Idaho and the next westbound stops are in Ephrata, Washington for the Seattle section and Pasco, Washington for the Portland section.)
The station located just north of Interstate 90 and is about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) southwest of the Spokane campus of the University of Washington and 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of the campus of Gonzaga University.
Boardings and alightings
- As of 6 October 2013, the westbound trains (Routes 7 & 27) are scheduled to arrive together at 1:40 am and depart to Seattle (Route 7) at 2:15 am and to Portland (Route 27) at 2:45 am. The eastbound train from Portland (Route 28) is scheduled to arrive at 12:13 and the train from Seattle (Route 8) at 12:45 am. Both trains are scheduled to depart together at 1:30 am.
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