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Amtrak's Wilmington Station reopens for service


Yesterday, Amtrak reopened Delaware’s Wilmington Station, which has been under construction since May 2009.

Amtrak has restored and waterproofed the station’s exterior and completely renovated the historic station’s interior. Crews currently are repairing several nearby bridges, installing a new public-address system, upgrading restrooms and making ADA improvements. During the next several months, Amtrak plans to complete concourse renovations and demolish the temporary station. The renovation project is scheduled to be complete in February 2011.

The project is being funded with $20 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, $10 million through SAFETEA-LU and other federal appropriations bills, $5.7 million from Amtrak and $2 million from the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Built in 1907, Wilmington Station is one of Amtrak’s busiest facilities, serving 696,979 passengers in fiscal-year 2010.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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