Union Station: Raleigh's Multi-Modal Transit Center

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The Raleigh Union Station project is a multimodal facility planned for Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Currently, the project is in Phase I construction.

Current Activity

The construction for Raleigh Union Station is nearly complete with work focused on the building and surrounding station area. The station and site construction is led by the City and is contracted through a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), Clancy & Theys, Skanska. The track and rail infrastructure construction is led by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and includes railroad track and signal work within Downtown Raleigh and in neighboring communities.

Raleigh Union Station is expected to be fully operational by June 2018. The schedule is subject to change based on the nature of construction and challenges that may be encountered.

Fact Sheet

Phase I Project Information

The Raleigh Union Station project is a multimodal facility planned for Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Currently, the project is in Phase I construction

The First phase of the Raleigh Union Station is made possible through a partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Rail Division, GoTriangle, and numerous stakeholders, and is currently under construction. This phase moves passenger rail services from the current Amtrak station on Cabarrus Street to an existing warehouse on Martin Street within the railroad wye.

This phase includes:

  • A larger waiting room and better amenities for Amtrak passengers
  • A grand Civic Hall for large public events
  • Commercial rental space used for retail, office, or restaurants
  • Will provide additional amenities for travelers and the community
  • A center island passenger platform with level-boarding to provide better access for wheelchairs and strollers
  • A daylit, enclosed concourse between the station and platform
  • A large public plaza near the intersection of West Street and Martin Street, providing a wonderful urban gathering space, and space for special events
  • Sustainable features including on-site bioretention, permeable pavement systems, green roof areas, and other stormwater management features
  • A pollinator garden
  • Tactile wayfinding for the sight impaired

Additional Phases:

Future phases of Raleigh Union Station are planned to accommodate additional inter-city and intra-state rail services, regional commuter rail, local and regional buses, taxis, bicycles and other forms of transportation. When completed, the multimodal center will support current and future demand for rail and transit services in our city.


Funding for Phase I is made possible through the United States Department of Transportation’s program—Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grants (TIGER 2012 and TIGER 2013); an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant; and state and City contributions.

The City’s CMAR contract value is approximately $61 million of the total funding.

The Vision

Raleigh Union Station fits within efforts to support the expansion of mass transit options in North Carolina's central region. Raleigh is a rapidly growing city, and with that comes a need for transportation facilities to meet current and future transit demands. Raleigh Union Station will not only serve Amtrak passengers, but also act as a multi-model transit center connecting riders to other forms of transit. Offering this level of service will address congestion and land development concerns, while also providing a transportation hub that will continue to revitalize Downtown Raleigh and its Warehouse District.


On March 3, the Raleigh City Council authorized proceeding with a modified scope and funding package for the Union Station Project. The recommended plan meets the City’s goals and maintains many of the elements included in the “full-build option” presented to the Council on January 20. The plan increases the funds available for contingencies, and retains the project’s signature design elements, retail and civic spaces, and higher efficiency equipment. The plan reduces the scope of some elements, including overhead utility work, revised platform material choice and construction method, and a modified stormwater garden.

It is estimated that the project will create 143 short-term jobs, generating $4.08 million in short-term salaries. The project should also create a “multiplier effect” of an additional $5.53 million in indirect impacts resulting from household expenditures within the region. Based on conclusions from other studies regarding the economic impacts due to construction of private transit-oriented development (TOD), the project has the potential to create a total of 44,500 short-term and indirect jobs over a 10-year period.

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