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12/22/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Amtrak opens new St. Louis station



Earlier this week, Amtrak opened a new station in St. Louis to serve as an interim station until a permanent intermodal facility is built by the city.

The 4,000-square-foot building replaces a 26-year-old station that was "well beyond its design life" and located at a prime site for the intermodal facility, according to a prepared statement.

After the intermodal station opens, the old building will house Amtrak operating and mechanical crews.

Six daily trains will serve the $600,000 facility, which was funded by Amtrak.

The national passenger railroad recently agreed to lease terms with the city of St. Louis for the future intermodal station, which will provide direct access to MetroLink light-rail and bus service.

St. Louis is served by three round-trip Amtrak trains to Chicago via Springfield (Ill.), two daily round-trips to Kansas City via Jefferson City and one daily round-trip to San Antonio (Texas) via Little Rock, Dallas and Fort Worth.



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