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Gateway Transportation Center
St Louis Amtrak Station.jpg
A view of the rail platform at St. Louis' Gateway Station
Location430 South 15th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
United States
Coordinates 38°37′27″N 90°12′13″W / 38.62417°N 90.20361°W / 38.62417; -90.20361
GATEWAY MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER Latitude and Longitude:

38°37′27″N 90°12′13″W / 38.62417°N 90.20361°W / 38.62417; -90.20361
Owned byCity of Saint Louis
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks6
Train operators Amtrak
Bus stands10
Bus operators Greyhound
Burlington Trailways
Megabus
Thruway Motorcoach
Connections Civic Center (St. Louis MetroLink)
Construction
Parking116 long term and 40 short term parking spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: STL
History
Opened2008
Traffic
Passengers (2017)365,030 [1]Increase 9.53% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward  Kansas City
Missouri River RunnerTerminus
Terminus Lincoln Service
toward  Chicago
Texas Eagle
  Former services
(at former station)
 
Amtrak logo no text (1971).png Amtrak
toward  Laredo or Houston
Inter-American
toward  Chicago

The Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center, also known as Gateway Station, is a rail and bus terminal station in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Opened in 2008 and operating 24 hours a day, it serves Amtrak trains and Greyhound and Burlington Trailways interstate buses. Missouri's largest rail transportation station, it is located one block east of St. Louis Union Station.

Gateway Station cost $31.4 million to build. [2] and after more than a year of delays, it fully opened November 19, 2008. The station's unique design has won several awards, including 2009 St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate's Regional Excellence Award, [3] 2008 Best New Building by the Riverfront Times, [4] and the 2009 Award of Merit - Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Awards. [5]

Transportation

Gateway Station serves as a terminal hub for:

Amtrak

Of the 12 Missouri stations served by Amtrak, St. Louis was the busiest in FY2015, seeing an average of 885 passengers daily. The station is served by Amtrak's Missouri River Runner, Lincoln Service, and the Texas Eagle, [6] with all but Texas Eagle originating and terminating at the station.

MetroLink

Gateway Station is next to the 1993-built Civic Center (St. Louis MetroLink) station, which serves the Red Line and Blue Line.

It takes about 30 minutes to travel to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 via the Metro Red Line.

The Transportation Center would also be the hub for the two proposed St. Louis Commuter Rail lines. [7]

Bus transportation

Intercity bus services are provided by Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, [8] Greyhound Lines, [9] Burlington Trailways [10] and Megabus. [11]

Previous Amtrak facilities in St. Louis

Created in 1971, Amtrak operated from St. Louis Union Station until the historic structure closed in November 1978. Amtrak then moved to a modular structure two blocks east, at 550 S. 16th St; the new station was originally approved on a site west of Union Station in 1976, with a budget of $6.4 million. [12] Intended for temporary use, this station — soon dubbed "Amshack" — remained in service for 26 years, even after Union Station reopened. [13] On December 20, 2004, Amtrak moved across the street to 551 South 16th Street, a 4,000-square-foot (370 m2) masonry and steel structure built at an estimated cost of $600,000. The building now houses Amtrak operating and mechanical crews. [14]

References

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Missouri" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Planning & Environment: Chapter 4 - State Infrastructure Banks". United States Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  3. ^ Finan, Thomas J. (April 23, 2009). "40 Years as Voice, 20 Years of Excellence". St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "Best New Building: Gateway Station". The Riverfront Times. September 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "2009 IES Illumination Awards" (PDF). Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 19, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Missouri" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-12. External link in |publisher= ( help)
  7. ^ http://stlouis.missouri.org/5yearstrategy/1999/ch2_infr.html
  8. ^ "City of New Orleans, Illini and Saluki" (PDF). Amtrak. January 11, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Saint Louis Missouri Bus Station". Greyhound Lines. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  10. ^ Missouri Locations
  11. ^ "Bus Stops". megabus.com. Retrieved December 2015. St Louis, MO. All megabus.com arrivals and departures in St. Louis are located at Bay #10, at the Gateway Multi-modal Transportation Center, located at 430 South 15th Street. Check date values in: |accessdate= ( help)
  12. ^ "St. Louis to get new Amtrak station". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. Associated Press. October 28, 1976. p. C-10. Retrieved March 4, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ Riverfront Times (2008-12-04). "Save the Amshack!". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  14. ^ Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2005, for Missouri (PDF)

External links

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