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Raleigh to seek federal grant for Union Station project

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Union Station ground level showing light rail alternative on Morgan Street. Union Station ground level showing light rail alternative on Morgan Street.
Union Station will house Amtrak, Greyhound, high speed, regional and light rail, as well as some of Capital Area Transit's services. Union Station will house Amtrak, Greyhound, high speed, regional and light rail, as well as some of Capital Area Transit's services.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Raleigh City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to authorize city staff to apply for a federal grant to aid in the completion of the first phase of the city's Union Station project.

The planned Union Station, which is a joint initiative of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division and the City of Raleigh, will house Amtrak, Greyhound, high speed, regional and light rail, as well as some of Capital Area Transit's services.

On Tuesday, City Council voted to allow the city to apply for a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery V grant to complete Phase I of the project. Renovation of the Dillon Supply Company Warehouse building, also known as the Viaduct Building, on West Martin Street is the first phase of the project.

If awarded, the city would use the TIGER V grant to fund completion of the train station and site, rail and street improvements.

TIGER grant funds require a 20 percent local match. The match for the grant would come from funds the city has already allocated to the Union Station project.

The TIGER V funds would supplement the $21 million Tiger IV grant awarded to the city last June.

The Downtown Bus Facilities Master Plan also calls for upgrades to the Moore Square Transit Station facility, including reconfiguring the facility and its surrounding spaces.

In April, City Council approved a contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. to provide consulting services to develop the master plan.

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