Wilmington’s Amtrak station is the 12th busiest among train stations. This Saturday it’s going to receive a special honor.
The station located on Wilmington’s riverfront will be dedicated as the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad station. It’s an honor being given the Vice President and former U.S. Senator from Delaware. He spent his 36 years in the Senate as a frequent passenger of Amtrak.
The station recently underwent a $37.7 million renovation. New safety improvements and passenger information services were apart of the upgrade. Dignitaries will unveil a plaque dedicating the station. That will be followed by an open house from 12-3 where the public can view an Amtrak and SEPTA coach car as well as tour the station.
Funding for the project came from Amtrak ($5.7 million), stimulus money ($20 million), the Delaware Department of Transportation ($2 million), and appropriations obtained by Delaware’s Congressional delegation ($10 million).
The Wilmington Train station was designed by famed architech Frank Furness. First Experience took a history tour of the station for you to view. Amtrak has also set up a Facebook page for anyone who wants to add their memories of the station.