Construction Starting On New Amtrak Station

Demo for the Amtrak station in East Lansing set to begin at any time over the next few days. Plans to knock down what's there and build a new station were announced more than two years ago.

Now the old Amtrak building is getting torn down to raise a new station.

"It has been a long time coming and people are excited that there's going to be a new station there," said Sandy Draggoo, CATA CEO & Executive Director.

The property is managed by CATA who's been trying to upgrade the station for years. Thanks to a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation they have funds, but delays in securing a contractor and working through federal funding put their plans on hold.

CATA hopes the project will transform the lot and accommodate all the traffic from Amtrak and the inter-city bus lines that run there.

"It has not been that impression that we like to have for visitors as they're first stepping off and seeing that and now it's going to be what it should have been," Draggoo said.

The station's current parking lot will be open during construction but CATA will sometimes have to move it to another site based on building progress. They say it's an inconvenience that will be worth it in the end.

"Parking will be greatly enhanced from what it use to be," Draggoo added.

With fewer than 30 parking spots at the current station, it's a big perk. At the kickoff in 2012 CATA said they were planing on over 100 additional parking spots, but they're still trying to figure out an exact number.

"With the buildings that we had there we had some traffic problems and so that's going to be better too," Draggoo said.

CATA says the new station should be finished in the fall of 2015.


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