The City of New Orleans has received over $6.6 million to make improvements to the 65 year old Union Passenger Terminal.
Funding for the project includes a $3.7 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, $2 million in matching funds from the city, and $943,000 in funding from Amtrak.
The project includes improvements to the terminal platform, ADA compliance work, new boarding levels, and modified step heights. The retail platform will also be expanded, and new lighting, air, electrical, and water systems will get updates.
Nearly 200,000 passengers use the station at 1001 Loyola Ave., which was built in 1954. Amtrak, Greyhound Lines, Megabus, Flixbus and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority use the facility, along with a handful of retail tenants. The city also plans to lease out the second floor to generate more income.
There are efforts underway by the Southern Rail Commission to add train service to Mobile, Alabama, and to add high-speed rail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Work will start in 2020 and end in 2022.
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