Union Station (Utica, New York)
The back of Union Station with an Adirondack Scenic Railroad train approaching.
|Location||321 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501
|Owned by||Oneida County|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Connections||CENTRO of Oneida, Greyhound, Birnie Bus Services, Utica-Rome Bus Company, Adirondack Trailways, Chenango Valley Bus Company|
|Passengers (2014)||65,022 3.3%|
|Location||Main St. between John and 1st Sts., Utica, New York|
|Area||1 acre (0.4 ha)|
|Architectural style||Beaux Arts|
|NRHP Reference #||75001215|
|Added to NRHP||April 28, 1975|
The Boehlert Center at Union Station is a train station served by Amtrak and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica, New York. It is owned by Oneida County, and named for retired U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford.
The station was built in the Italianate style and includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above. Symmetrically rectangular in plan, there are thirteen bays across the façade and fifteen on the side elevations. A brick parapet crowns the building; over the main entrance is a large clock flanked by eagle sculptures. The Utica station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Inside is a restaurant and a barber shop, one of the few barber shops in a train station today. The 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) waiting room's 47-foot-high (14 m) vaulted ceiling is supported by 34 marble columns. The station's blueprints called for the importing of columns that originally adorned Grand Central Station in New York City. Eight large benches are heated with steam pipes and vents.
At one time, the waiting room also contained three ticket windows, an information office, 15 pay telephones, a Western Union office, two shoeshine stands, a bar and grill. The Western Union Office is no longer there.
There used to be a tunnel connecting the waiting room to the platforms. Today, the platforms are connected via an aerial walkway.
The station was built between 1912 and May 1914, replacing an older structure dating from 1869. The building was designed by New York architects Stem and Fellheimer. Construction involved the rerouting of the Mohawk River. The Mohawk River was relocated due to the risk of flooding and the proximity of the Mohawk River to the railroad had become a problem for the expanding city. Built as a New York Central Railroad station, in 1915 it became tenated by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and the New York, Ontario and Western Railway as well, those two companies abandoning their structures.
The station's restoration began in 1978, but refurbishing/restoration work continues to this day.
The station sees multiple daily departures of the following trains:
A total of eight Amtrak trains use the station daily.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Bus companies serving the station, one of the first intermodal facilities in the state, include the following:
- CENTRO of Oneida
- Greyhound Lines
- Birnie Bus Services
- Utica-Rome Bus Company
- Adirondack Trailways
- Coach USA/Chenango Valley Bus Company
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Utica Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- Olney, Stephen S. (1987). Union Station, Utica, New York.
- Utica's Union Station (Adirondack Scenic Railroad)
Media related to Union Station—Utica, New York at Wikimedia Commons
- Amtrak – Stations – Utica, NY
- Utica Union Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Utica, NY (UCA) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)