East Lansing Amtrak Gets Underway

East Lansing Amtrak Gets Underway

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Aug 1, 2014

Renovation of the East Lansing Amtrak Station is finally getting underway and will make room for the long-awaited Capital Area Multi Modal Station, operated by CATA. 

"We are excited to get started," said CATA CEO/Executive Director Sandy Draggoo. "The gateway will enhance bus, bicycle, pedestrian and rail transportation for thousands of people who travel each day through the Greater Lansing region." 

According to Draggoo, the first order of business is to raze the old Surplus Store and Printing Services buildings. 

"Our construction team is on-site, preparing for demolition, which will begin in the coming days," she said. 

Customers will continue to use the existing Amtrak station during all phases of the project until the new gateway is completed. 

Customer parking for the duration of the project will be limited to the station's current availability of fewer than 30 spaces. The existing parking lot will remain open and operational but may be relocated as site development progresses. Other parking options around the station will be removed. MSU will temporarily allow for overflow parking through end of day August 24 in Lot 83, just east of the RHS Information Services building (see attached map). After that date, customers are urged to use public transportation or arrange for someone to pick them up and drop them off at the station. 

"Our goal is to accommodate construction -- in addition to ongoing bus and train operations -- and help our customers transition as seamlessly as possible," Draggoo said. 

In July 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $6.28 million grant to CATA, in partnership with MSU and the City of East Lansing, to allow for the gateway project. Michigan Department of Transportation contributed an additional $500,000. MSU provided a soft match valued at $3.2 million via a long-term land lease of property.

Amtrak's anticipated project contribution of $500,000 was intended to replace the station's existing platform. The railroad company postponed the construction of the new platform to a future date, prompting its removal from the gateway project. 

In June 2014, CATA's board of directors awarded Laux Construction the project contract with a July 1 effective date. Laux is based in Holt, MI. 

For project updates, visit cata.org and scroll through the banner carousel for the Capital Area Multi Modal Gateway link.