Wilmington Train Station back on track

The Wilmington Train Station has reopened following months of extensive renovations.

The $38 million project includes a detailed restoration and waterproofing of the building’s exterior and a complete renovation of the interior of the building.

“I have been waiting a long time for this day and couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome riders back to the Wilmington Train Station,” said Sen. Tom Carper Monday morning. “These renovations marry the past with the future; the historic framework built by Frank Furness combined with the technology of the 21st century.”

The renovation project will continue through the winter and provides passengers with a more comfortable and convenient station that features a larger concourse, safety improvements and a new passenger information display system.

In addition, the renovation includes track and platform improvements and enhancements to the station’s accessibility to people with disabilities.

“This beautiful and historic train station, which is a gem for Wilmington and its citizens and one of the most popular and important stations in the Amtrak system, is looking better and brighter every day,” said Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker.”

The Wilmington Station, built in 1907, is the 12th busiest in the Amtrak system with 696,979 passengers in fiscal year 2010. A ceremony is scheduled for next March when construction is complete.

“You get one shot at a first impression and for thousands of people, the renovated Wilmington train station is where they will take their first steps in our state,” said Gov. Jack Markell.

On average, up to 84 Amtrak trains and 35 SEPTA trains serve the station each weekday.

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