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Federal, North Carolina officials mark full funding of new Raleigh station


Late last week, Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo joined state transportation and city of Raleigh officials to mark the full funding of a $60 million project to build Union Station in Raleigh, N.C.

About $15 million from North Carolina's $545 million in federal stimulus funds will be used for the project, as well as $466,000 in federal dollars and a $250,000 match from both the city and state, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials said in a prepared statement.

In June, a $21 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery IV grant was announced for the project. The city also is working with the Federal Railroad Administration, NCDOT and Triangle Transit Authority, which is providing its downtown viaduct facility worth $1.4 million for the new station. The city also has partnered with Norfolk Southern Railway, Amtrak and the North Carolina Railroad Co.

State officials anticipate that project design will begin in January 2013 and construction will be completed in January 2017.

The existing Raleigh station served nearly 200,000 riders in 2011, which was a 17 percent increase compared with 2010. The year-over-year gain is expected to be even higher in 2012, NCDOT officials said.

Station usage far exceeds its waiting area and parking capacity, therefore preventing growth in passengers and revenue across the state, they said.