City embarks on two-year train station renovation


Groundbreaking kicks off $31 million makeover of Sacramento Valley Station

In what was once a fine dining restaurant at the Sacramento Valley Station that has been closed to the public for decades, 100 gathered to celebrate the start of a journey to a new and improved historic depot. The project should be completed in the fall of 2016, the 90th anniversary of the train station and the opening of the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center.

A complete renovation is getting started on the second phase of the region’s highest priority transportation project – a world-class transit hub – and anchor to the downtown Railyards. When finished, the 68,000-square-foot building will include new Amtrak offices, leasable office and retail space and food vendors. The building and adjacent property was purchased by the City from Union Pacific Railroad in 2006. It’s the seventh busiest train station in the U.S.

The program included Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Sacramento Rep. Doris Matsui, Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer, Councilmember Steve Cohn, City Manager John Shirey and Director of Public Works Jerry Way along with invited project sponsors, partners and team members.

“Today we are breathing new life into this historic depot, preparing for regional growth and an urban renaissance,” said Rep. Doris Matsui. “The $15 million federal grant, coupled with substantial funding from the City of Sacramento, will transform the Depot back to a true center of transportation, one that greets residents and visitors alike with activity, opportunity and a uniquely Sacramento sense of place.”

“Sacramento Valley Station is anchored by the Capitol Corridor, the fastest growing intercity rail service in the nation.  Together with San Joaquin and long distance Amtrak trains, over 1.2 million passengers use our downtown station each year.  And the numbers will grow as we offer express trains to San Francisco, light rail to the Airport and Elk Grove, and a streetcar,” said Councilman Steve Cohn.

“This phase of the station will restore the interior and exterior recapturing its former glory, while adding modern amenities including restaurants or food vendors with indoor and outdoor patio seating, bike storage/rental, and enlarged ticketing, baggage and lobby space on the ground floor.”

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