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Raleigh approves new 'Union Station' downtown

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By Jonathan Carlson

A former warehouse building on the west end of Martin Street near railroad tracks in Downtown Raleigh should be retrofitted to accommodate the new rail “Union Station,” the City Council voted Tuesday.

The council, with Nancy McFarlane presiding as mayor, voted unanimously for the site.

The vacant former Dillon Supply building would house the train station of Union Station. The warehouse was built in the 1940s and is owned by the Triangle Transit Authority.

A feasibility study is next.

Raleigh voters in October approved a $40 million transportation bond issue that included $3 million in improvements for the Union Station complex. State and federal funds totaling $30 million would also be used for the first phase of the facility.

The complex would replace the Amtrak Station on Cabarrus Street.

The new hub would connect Capital Area Transit bus service; Triangle Transit’s regional bus service; long-distance bus service (Greyhound); Amtrak rail service; the Silver Star, Carolinian and Piedmont rail services; and future local and regional rail transit, including high-speed rail services.

The Union Station name refers to a previous Raleigh train hub. 

You can view pictures of Raleigh's rail history here.

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