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Ramsey Welcomes Amtrak Service at St. Paul Union Depot

The Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA) recently welcomed Amtrak service back to the restored Union Depot in St. Paul, MN, after 43 years, at an event attended by representatives of FRA and Minnesota DOT. Metro Transit’s light rail Green Line also serves the station, along with local and regional buses.

The last passenger train left Union Depot before Amtrak entered service in 1971. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and reopened as a multimodal transportation hub and community ­center in 2012.

“Creativity, strong relationships, and a clear vision were the guiding principles during the decade-long process leading to the 2011 ground breaking. Many of you in this audience were active participants in the planning and advocacy work that led to the decision to restore Union Depot to its 20th-­century ­grandeur with 21st-century amenities for new generations of travelers,” said Ramsey County Commissioner and RCRRA Chair Rafael Ortega.

Mark Murphy, general manager for Amtrak’s overnight rail routes, added that historic buildings such as Union Depot “can be saved, be made more relevant to the transportation network, and serve as ‘front doors’ to their communities and to the future.”  

More than 100 national, state and community leaders attended the launch of Amtrak service at Union Depot in St. Paul, MN. The first train arrival triggered a celebration with rail fans in bleachers cheering. Local and state officials join FRA Deputy Administrator Karen Hedlund, third from left, and Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman, fifth from left, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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