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Historical Discussion: Cities with two or more Amtrak stations

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jiml

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This was touched on in another discussion here. Presuming Boston is the last city with two distinct Amtrak stations (not talking about cities with one downtown and others in the suburbs) I thought it might be fun to review cities that have had two or more train stations - in the Amtrak era only. Hopefully our historians will be able to add more details regarding the routes that served each. To start, Galesburg, IL, comes to mind with the Zephyr serving one and the SWC the other - now all combined. Next...
 

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Stockton CA, Cabral Station and San Joaquin St.
Oakland CA Jack London Sq. and Oakland Coliseum/Airport
Newark NJ and Newark Airport
Santa Clara CA Transit Center and Santa Clara Great America
 

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As far as I know, Fargo only had one Amtrak station--the former Great Northern station (or its baggage house, which is now the station). My question is how did the North Coast Hiawatha get from the former GN station to the Northern Pacific tracks to go to Jamestown? I was lucky enough to ride the Empire Builder when the west-bound train was detouring on the Surrey Cutoff (bypassing Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Rugby), and the train backed out of the Fargo station about two miles to the interchange with the NP tracks in Moorhead. Was that the routine procedure for the NCH?
 

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The most obvious stop that reminds me of Boston is Stockton since San Joaquin Trains going to and from Oakland stop at one station and trains going to and from Sacramento stop at the ACE (former UP station).

Sacramento will also soon have a second station if a few San Joaquin trains start using the new Ace Line under the valley rail service plan. Valley Rail - ACE Rail

The other examples are just cities with more than one station, with some trains serving a secondary station but all serving the main station.

I know it took Amtrak a little bit of time to consolidate all operations at Chicago - Union Station, but don't know the exact timeline.
 

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If one counts Back Bay, then Philadephia besides 30th Street, also used Suburban Station for the Keystone corridor.... and Philadelphia Airport Station, for Atlantic City trains....
 

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You'd probably consider this a "suburbs" situation (and they're all on the same route), but I'll mention it before someone else does: Los Angeles Union Station, Van Nuys, and Chatsworth are all in the City of Los Angeles.
 

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Chicago also used the IC Central Station for about a year on IC route trains, and Penn Central “Big Four Route” trains, before moving to Union Station.
 

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Birmingham had different stations for the Floridian and the Southern Crescent, but when Amtrak took over the latter from the Southern, they moved it over to the Floridians station...alas, several months later, the Floridian discontinued.
 

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Off the rails! Don't forget Miami! It has the old station just short of the airport, and the main station at MIA International Airport, a part of the intermodel system at the airport... which is not in use. Was scheduled to go into use in 2017. Amtrak refused to sign the contract with Florida Department of Transportation after millions were spent to built it!


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Well the Miami Airport made the platform too short for Amtrak to not be able to stop without blocking a grade-crossing
 

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Well the Miami Airport made the platform too short for Amtrak to not be able to stop without blocking a grade-crossing
Reasoning and faulty planning doesn't justify not using the multi million dollar station... there are architectural ways around it... and of course where was the required planning in the original design?

According to the Miami Herald... "The error? The platform that passengers would use to board or descend from the train was built too short, by about 200 feet, an error that would force some trains to jut into busy Northwest 25th Street.
The error happened because of confusion between FDOT and Amtrak. Some Amtrak trains fit well on the platform, but others are longer than engineers expected.

The fix did not include the option of rebuilding or lengthening the platform, but rather allowing long trains to block 25th Street momentarily while passengers board or exit. To make that happen, FDOT had to reconfigure some nearby streets to accommodate traffic detours.

“A crossing has been developed and constructed from NW 28th St. connecting to NW 37th Ave.,” Ruiz-Paz said in an email. “Other roadway elements have also been added to improve connectivity to the infrastructure.”
 

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If one counts Back Bay, then Philadephia besides 30th Street, also used Suburban Station for the Keystone corridor.... and Philadelphia Airport Station, for Atlantic City trains....
And of course there still is North Philadelphia.
Off the rails! Don't forget Miami! It has the old station just short of the airport, and the main station at MIA International Airport, a part of the intermodel system at the airport... which is not in use. Was scheduled to go into use in 2017. Amtrak refused to sign the contract with Florida Department of Transportation after millions were spent to built it!
There never has been any intention to keep the current Miami station open once Amtrak moves to the Airport station. Indeed, there is no easy way to get from the current Miami terminal station to the Airport station without some complicated backup moves.
 
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Amtrak Thruway had two separate bus stations at the Las Vegas airport, but that problem has been solved by discontinuance of the Las Vegas<>Los Angeles route. The remaining service is in the airport's shuttle and chartered bus area. The latter is the one I wanted, when both my Hilton doorman and the taxi driver insisted that I should go to the South Strip Transit Center. Luckily there was one more transit trip that night from the transit center to the airport terminal and the driver of the Thruway bus was looking for me.
 

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Not yet mentioned is Lynchburg, VA, where the Crescent and Hilltopper/Mountaineer used different stations. (They WERE both Amtrak trains, for a little sliver of time in 1978-79.) Does Salt Lake City count, when the Rio Grande Zephyr was still a separate entity? (If it does, perhaps early-70s Atlanta counts, when Southern and the Georgia Railroad used separate stations.)
 

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Until 1996, there were two Amtrak stations in Galesburg...GBA, on North Broad Street and the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe main line, and (the present) GBB on the BN (ex-Burlington) main. After the BNSF merger and construction of a crossover for the Southwest Chief to use, passenger operations were consolidated on the former Burlington main.

Until July 1974 Amtrak was using both the Houston Union Station (now incorporated into Minute Maid Park) for the Texas Chief/Lone Star and the present Southern Pacific station (III) for the Sunset Limited. Operations were consolidated in the through station; as a Houstonian I could wish that they had consolidated into Union Station instead! (At the time, there was trackage which made that possible, but obviously a backup move into the terminal Union Station was required.)

Edit To Add: My understanding is that Houston Belt & Terminal RR, the owner and operator of Union Station in those days, charged for each switching move. Southern Pacific, on the other hand, was at the time just happy to have dumped its passenger operations on Amtrak. Somewhere in there is probably the core reason why the small-town bus terminal (okay, that's my opinion of it) was kept.
 
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