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Amtrak opens new station in Nebraska to serve Zephyr line

Late last week, Amtrak and city officials formally opened a new Amtrak station in Lincoln, Neb., to serve California Zephyr passengers.

The $1.3 million facility replaces an 89-year-old former Burlington Route station that will no longer be accessible by trains after the consolidation of railroads in a major urban development, Amtrak officials said in a prepared statement.

The building is organized around a central passenger area with views to the historic Haymarket District and future West Haymarket Redevelopment.

The 3,000-square-foot station, which began serving passengers on June 26, houses a ticket office, seating for passengers and patrons, an Amtrak crew base and other amenities.

“The new station can accommodate future growth needs for Amtrak and Lincoln, and can facilitate expanded numbers of passengers, multiple lines, faster trains, even regional and commuter service,” said Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler.

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