Crossing the Tracks

Members of Raleigh's Passenger Rail Task Force got a tour of a proposed downtown train station site Wednesday morning. Triangle Transit owns the building at the western end of Martin Street that once housed some of Dillon Supply's manufacturing operations.

The old warehouse is one of two sites under consideration for a new Raleigh train station. Alan Paul, with the state Department of Transportation, told the group that the station could be built in two years after they find funding. Raleigh's match would be 10 percent, which could come out of a transportation bond on the ballot this fall.

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4 thoughts on “Crossing the Tracks

  1. So we would presumably be willing to fund a train station, but not a 1/4cent transit tax?

    On second thought, probably so, since “we” in this case only includes Raleigh, and not all the exurban shut-ins.

    I would have mixed feelings. On one hand, it would be nice if the city stopped holding that corner of town hostage. On the other, it would be a shame to see so much lost to the inevitable parking lot to accompany it.

  2. I’m pretty sure that the inevitable parking lot to accompany this station would be built in the center of the wye, which is currently a brownfield.

    I would rather not give up entirely on the ambitious Union Station project though. I would encourage officials to think of this instead as a long-term interim station. Renovate this building into a funcitonal and attractive, though not extravagant, station. Then, 20 years down the road, once light rail, high speed rail, and commuter rail are all rolling, go ahead and build the full Union Station. Put in a prominent location on Morgan Street, with fantastic architecture, and find a developer for a PPP to build offices, stores, hotels, and residents alongside and on top of the station complex. In other words, build it RIGHT.

  3. I can see momentum and interest building in improving rail mass transit in Raleigh, but I’m also glad that the current pace is allowing various concepts to be considered. The most important factor of any new station is connectivity for cars, pedestrians, and transit. Reconnecting the street grid with bridges or viaducts will be very important to making this area viable.