Waterloo station (Indiana)

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Waterloo
Waterloo Indiana Depot 2016.jpeg
Location Lincoln and Center Street
Waterloo, IN 46793
Coordinates 41°25′54″N 85°1′30″W / 41.43167°N 85.02500°W / 41.43167; -85.02500Coordinates: 41°25′54″N 85°1′30″W / 41.43167°N 85.02500°W / 41.43167; -85.02500
Owned by Town of Waterloo
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes(ramp)
Other information
Station code WTI
History
Opened 1883
Rebuilt 2016
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 24,299[1]Increase 1%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Capitol Limited
Lake Shore Limited
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Water Level Route
toward Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Branch
toward Jackson
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
toward Pittsburgh
Pennsylvanian
1998-2003

Waterloo is a train station in Waterloo, Indiana, served by Amtrak, the national passenger rail system in the United States. The station is a former New York Central Railroad depot.

Of the 11 Indiana stations served by Amtrak, Waterloo was the third-busiest in FY2010, after Indianapolis and Lafayette, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 60 passengers daily.[2] The station is 25 miles north of Fort Wayne, Indiana and when the original station was opened in 1990, it was connected to Fort Wayne by an Amtrak bus, which is no longer in service.[3]

Former Waterloo Indiana Amtrak Station from 1990 to 2016

History[edit]

In October 2010, the town of Waterloo received a $1.8 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build a longer platform just east of the former station, to bring the station up to ADA standards, to add a canopy, lighting, interactive signs, and to incorporate into the station the historic rail depot, which was restored in 2010.[4]

Norfolk Southern, which owns the tracks used by Amtrak trains in Waterloo, expressed concern over the siting of the proposed platform. In response, a new concept was put forth calling for the construction of a modern climate controlled depot with restrooms on the east side of N. Center Street.[5] The stop will also include a full length platform, walkways, lighting, signage, fencing and additional parking spaces. Estimated to cost $6 million, the facility was to be paid for in part through Waterloo’s TIGER grant. Construction was expected to begin early 2013 with completion by 2014.[6] However, Amtrak lost additional funding it would have given to Waterloo in the 2013 budget sequestration, and the depot was never built.

The town later moved the historic New York Central depot to a position across from the existing platform, added additional lighting and walkways, implement electronic signage and paved a new parking lot.[7] The project was completed in June 2016.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Indiana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gravy train for Waterloo". The Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Waterloo, Indiana". The Fort Wayne Railfan. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gravy train for Waterloo". The Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed April 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed April 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Waterloo rail station upgrade revived". The Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana). 30 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  8. ^ http://wane.com/2016/06/24/train-depot-opens-133-years-later-in-a-new-location/

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