Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA) in the US has completed the renovation of the Saint Paul Union Depot train station in Minnesota, at a cost of $243m.
Work under the project involved complete repainting and plaster restoration of the 27,000ft² waiting room and head house, reconstruction of the carriageway and returning the Fourth Street entrance to its original design.
The project also included rebuilding the train deck and tracks, and construction of a new multilevel passenger drop-off entrance with ticket and baggage counters.
RCRRA acquired the Union Depot station, located on a 33-acre site along the Mississippi River, in 2005 and spent the proceeds secured in state, federal and county funds to renovate the facility.
Renovation started in 2011, led by a design-build team comprising Mortenson Construction with URS Corporation and HGA Architects & Engineers.
From 2013, Amtrak trains are expected to arrive and depart from the renovated Union Depot station.
In 2014, Central Corridor Light Rail, also known as the Green Line, is expected to start serving Union Depot on Fourth Street.
Ramsey County Commissioner and RCRRA chairman said that the public can now access Union Depot, which will serve as a regional destination and transportation hub.
"We will be recognising each transforming event in Union Depot’s new life as the Living Room of Lowertown St. Paul, from the opening of the bike station to the arrival of Amtrak and Green Line LRT trains," McDonough said.
RCRRA awarded a contract in the summer of 2012 to national retail management company Jones Lang LaSalle to oversee operations and lease commercial retail space at Union Depot.
The retail management firm currently manages train stations in Chicago, New York and Washington D C, and is currently planning for Union Depot’s future.
According to RCRRA, the station was the region’s main rail traffic route until 1971, when regional rail service was restructured and the station was closed.
Image: In 2013, the newly refurbished Saint Pail Union Depot station is set to receive its first rail service since 1971. Photo: courtesy of Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority.