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New Birmingham Station as early as October 2016


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#41 xyzzy

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 11:39 AM

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 05:18 PM

Sorry - Try this one

 

http://hastybob.rrpi...s.aspx?id=94874

 

Last 4 photos on the second page of photos.

 

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:18 AM

Sorry - Try this one

 

http://hastybob.rrpi...s.aspx?id=94874

 

Last 4 photos on the second page of photos.

 

Bob

I liked looking at all those pics of the new Birmingham intermodial station, plus the current and past station houses and platforms. Good to see that is finally being built, though the platform the Crescent stops at sure looks old(a la Toledo, OH). It's sad when you see stations like Birmingham and Toledo and see the out of service side platforms(both here, and the out of service side platforms in Toledo just to the east of the platform location where the LSL and CL stop), it sure does remind those riding on Amtrak long distance trains how many more trains used to serve stations like these 2. :(

 

Maybe the platforms at both stations(and I'm sure others in the Amtrak long distance train system, too), will get updated someday? It'd be nice if some sort of additional train service(even if just 1 or 2 regional lines, a la the Saint Louis to Kansas City Amtrak service) could be established from Birmingham or Toledo, though sadly I suspect it'd be a big uphill battle in both states to start additional interstate regional Amtrak train service. I know it sometimes has been proposed to establish Birmingham-Montgomery-Mobile train service(if not also Huntsville), though who knows if that's likely to happen anytime soon. And of course in Ohio, it was proposed(till Gov. Kasich killed it off, sadly) for there to be a Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati regional train service. I know there used to be Toledo-Detroit(and to the rest of Michigan, too) Amtrak service, and I'm sure once upon a time(maybe pre-Amtrak days?) there probably was train service from Toledo south to Dayton and Cincy. Wouldn't be surprised if there once was a Toledo-Defiance-Fort Wayne train, though I dunno if that also was pre-Amtrak days.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:48 AM

There was talk of an intrastate Alabama train but predictably it faded. What's unclear to me is whether station tracks 2-3 at B'ham will be usable after construction is complete. Google satellite view indicates tracks 4-5 (closest to Morris Ave) were removed and tracks 2-3 were paved over, but perhaps the rails remain. 



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 11:11 PM

Has the new Amtrak station in Birmingham opened? Also, is the new parking area complete? Thanks for any updates. I have a trip planned soon and would like to be prepared.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 02:33 PM

Not yet.  My most recent update was 4 weeks ago.  This is what I was told:

 

The Amtrak/Greyhound facility is down to the punch list.

 

When the transit authority - the entity that owns the building - does a final walk-through, Amtrak will relocate the ticket office.

 

At that point, the old ticket office will be demolished and the wall broken through connecting the old and new facilities together.

 

The old facility will then undergo a build out.  In this timeframe, passengers will access the tracks by way of the temporary entrance in the old facility.

 

When the build out is completed, the temporary entrance will finally be sealed off and all Amtrak related functions will be in permanent position.

 

Greyhound will relocate at the end of the year.  I think January 2018 is more realistic.

 

I expect all of Amtrak's transition to be completed by the end of the year.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 03:55 PM

Amtrak will be the first to move into the new Intermodal station. There is still some work to be done for Amtrak to move but it is minor. Final inspections for occupancy are to be done this week. Even once Amtrak moves, look for another 6-8 months of work that will need to be done. Things like construction in the current portion of the building, street work, sidewalk, Greyhound work, a LOT of work on the transit authority space upstairs, build out of the restaurant/shop in the waiting room area, etc. Amtrak and the transit authority are still in lease talks and the move will not take place until that is completed.

 

I'll post some more pictures when I can get them with good light.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:45 AM

Thank you so much for the updated information. It is very helpful. I guess this means that the new parking facility is not complete yet.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:11 PM

The new parking facility will be 2 blocks from the station. It will be an open lot. I don't know whether it will be fenced or have security. There will be drop off at the curb parking-very short term parking. Most likely, the best place to park will continue to be the parking deck across the street.


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 01:14 PM

Thank you so much. I’m still trying to decide between parking in the deck across the street and parking at the airport and taking Lyft to the Amtrak station. Female traveling alone. Any recommendations?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:24 PM

Parking at the station is very convenient and only $3.50 vs about $12.00 at the airport plus Lyft charges. Deck is only half a block away. Even parking at the airport and taking cab downtown to the station, you will have a good walk and use an elevator to get from car to cab.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:24 AM

I was out this evening and went by to take a night photo of the new station. Still some work to be done but almost complete.

 

http://www.rrpicture...aspx?id=4823766

 

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

I was out this evening and went by to take a night photo of the new station. Still some work to be done but almost complete.

 

http://www.rrpicture...aspx?id=4823766

 

Bob

 

That looks very neat.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:48 PM

So platform will not be high level platform? Disappointing. Suppose its because of freight trains?






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