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Continued: Amtrak to begin operating out of Union Depot starting May 7

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 2, 2014 - 9:44 PM

Since at least 2000, St. Paul and Ramsey County officials have lobbied hard to move Amtrak to Union Depot, which had survived the end of train traffic to become a home for restaurants in the head house up front and a postal operations center in back.

In recent years, Amtrak officials have encouraged local efforts to restore and reopen historic depots across the country for passenger train service, such as Kansas City in 2002 and Denver this year.

Nothing could be done in St. Paul until 2005, when the Postal Service announced it was moving its Union Depot operations to Eagan.

In 2010, work began on a $243 million project — funded mostly by Ramsey County and the federal government — to restore the look and functionality of the 1920s-era depot. It reopened in late 2012.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said that the railroad will use the Transfer Road station as a base for some operational and mechanical work, and has no plans to sell it.

 

Kevin Duchschere • 651-925-5035

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