Raleigh Union Station Dedication Ceremony to be Held April 30
Leaders from the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will be on hand for a dedication ceremony at Raleigh Union Station, Monday, April 30. The event honors the partners that helped to make this landmark multi-modal facility a reality. The anticipated opening of Raleigh Union Station is early June.
The dedication ceremony will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Raleigh Union Station, located at the site of the former Dillon Supply Co. warehouse, 510 W. Martin St. Among the ceremony’s scheduled speakers are Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Congressman David Price, State Representative Nelson Dollar, and NCDOT Chief Deputy Transportation Secretary David Howard.
“Union Station is a great addition to Downtown Raleigh that will meet the city’s needs for years to come, both as a hub of transportation and a center of activity in the community,” Mayor McFarlane said. “The event hall, plaza, and other public spaces are truly beautiful, and unique. They will make the station a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike.”
Raleigh Union Station features 26,000 square-feet of building space, with 9,200 square-feet passenger rail space. The impressive event hall and plaza will host public functions and events throughout the year. Raleigh Union Station boasts a larger waiting room and better amenities for Amtrak passengers. Amtrak customer service agents will provide ticketing and baggage services at the station, which will be served by eight daily trains.
The station also features a daylit, enclosed concourse located between the station and platform, sustainable features including on-site bioretention, permeable pavement systems, green roof areas, and other stormwater management features. Raleigh Union Station is the first station in North Carolina to have a level boarding platform, allowing for easy roll-on and roll-off wheelchair access. The overall cost of the project is $111.4 million dollars, which includes railroad network improvements, and entrance plaza, building, passenger concourse, and boarding platform.
“Raleigh Union Station is a beautiful gateway facility into Downtown Raleigh,” said City Transit Administrator David Eatman. “The new mixed-use rail facility and future bus component will greatly enhance mobility options for the citizens of the region and state. Additionally, the facility has acted as the cornerstone and catalyst for the redevelopment of the west side of Downtown Raleigh.”
The City of Raleigh is planning a community event for later this summer to celebrate the opening of Raleigh Union Station and the transformation of the warehouse district. An announcement will be made when the date of the event is finalized.
Media Accommodations: Media parking is available on the south side of the Dillon building on West Martin Street at West Street. A riser will be set up for media members to view the dedication ceremony.
For more information, contact
- David Eatman, Transit Administrator, Department of Transportation, 919-996-3030