Raleigh Union Station

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1890 Union Station as seen in April 2008
A rendering of the 2018 Union Station

Raleigh Union Station in Raleigh, North Carolina refers to either a passenger train station that operated 1890-1950 or a nearby passenger train station under construction that will open in 2018.

1890 Building[edit]

The original Raleigh Union Station was constructed by the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, a predecessor of the Seaboard Air Line, at the corner of Dawson and West Martin streets. It also served the original Norfolk Southern Railway and the Southern Railway, with a total of four tracks. The station was reached by trackage from the nearby “Boylan Wye” where Southern (operating the North Carolina Railroad), the original Norfolk Southern, and the Seaboard Air Line converged.[1]

Being a stub-end station, Union Station was inconvenient to operate. Seaboard built a new run-through station for itself in 1942, as did Southern in 1950 (now used by Amtrak). By that time, the original Norfolk Southern had discontinued its passenger trains.[2][3][4]

The head-house of Union Station survives as an office building. The former platform area and viaduct were subsequently redeveloped as industrial property.

2018 Building[edit]

On April 23, 2010, the City of Raleigh proposed an extensive multimodal transit center a few blocks west of the 1890 site to serve the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, conventional Amtrak trains, future Commuter rail over the North Carolina Railroad, Capital Area Transit (Raleigh), Triangle Transit, and Greyhound Lines. The plan recycled Raleigh's old Union Station name for the project.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

On June 29, 2011, North Carolina DOT put forward a less costly plan that would relocate the Amtrak station to a large abandoned industrial site, sometimes[when?] called[by whom?] the Viaduct Building, within the Boylan Wye a short distance[quantify] north of the present station. [12] The NCDOT plan focused on Amtrak's needs, with provisions to add commuter rail and SEHSR later.[13][14][15][16]

Ground was broken on May 8, 2015 for the initial phase of the project, as redefined by NCDOT, to serve Amtrak starting in the first quarter of 2018.[17][18][19]

Raleigh Union Station Construction in November 2016


Media related to Raleigh Union Station at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "1938 Aerial of Wake County, NC (Index 14-21)". USDA Historical Aerial Photos, UNC University Libraries. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Waymarking (Old Union Station; Raleigh, North Carolina)". Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Five North Carolina Railroad Stations and Other Railroad and Traction Structures in". Piedmont and Western Railroad Club. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wiggins, C.A., Jr. "TRIPS TO GRAN - FA'S HOUSE". Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Official City of Raleigh Portal". Raleighnc.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  6. ^ Siceloff, Bruce (2010-04-23). "Raleigh will consider new transit proposal - Wake County". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  7. ^ "Plan for Raleigh transit hub picks up steam". WRAL.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  8. ^ Bowens, Dan (April 26, 2010). "Plan for Raleigh transit hub picks up steam". wral.com. Capitol Broadcasting Company. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Siceloff, Bruce (April 23, 2010). "Raleigh will consider new transit proposal". News & Observer. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Burns, Matthew (September 4, 2013). "Raleigh transit hub gets federal grant". wral.com. Capitol Broadcasting Company. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Raleigh Union Station". NCDOT. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Great Rail Starts at the station". Planning Magazine (Subscription). May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Geary, Bob (2011-06-30). "DOT: We got yer Raleigh rail transit right here ... | Citizen". Indyweek.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  14. ^ Garfield, Matt (2011-06-30). "Building could save rail hub - Real Estate News". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  15. ^ Garfield, Matt (2012-09-21). "Federal official pledges more support for Raleigh train station". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  16. ^ Siceloff, Bruce (2012-11-09). "NC DOT advances plans for new Raleigh Amtrak station". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Officials Formally Kick Off Construction of Raleigh Union Station". City of Raleigh. May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ "NCDOT Rail Division The Rail Report, April 2016" (PDF). NCDOT. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Union Station: Raleigh's Multi-Modal Transit Center". City of Raleigh. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 

Coordinates: 35°46′38″N 78°38′37″W / 35.7772°N 78.6437°W / 35.7772; -78.6437