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WATERLOO, IN (January 29, 2015) – Early next year, Amtrak riders will have a better experience waiting for the train in Northeast Indiana. The Town of Waterloo was awarded a $1,820,100 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) in 2010 but many changes to the project nearly caused the Town to lose the funding. Now the project is moving forward at full speed.
The Waterloo Train Station Improvements Project will complete a ten-year community effort of replacing the existing “bus stop” shelter and returning the historic Waterloo Depot to passenger use. This month, revisions were approved and a professional team was selected to implement the project. A&Z Engineering will design the parking lot and oversee construction, Martin Riley Architects will ensure the historic quality of the building will be preserved and Sturtz Public Management Group, LLC will assist with contractual oversight and project management consulting.
Currently, the Amtrak stop at Waterloo consists of a set of enclosed metal and plexiglass shelters beside the boarding platform. This project will move the historic depot to the southeast corner of Center Street and Van Vleek Street, closer to the existing Amtrak boarding area. The building will be open for passengers.In addition, the grant will fund construction of a new long-term asphalt parking lot with attractive lighting, landscaping, sidewalks, ADA accessible ramps and walkways leading to the existing boarding platform. New crosswalks and electronic Passenger Information Display Systems will be installed to update Amtrak riders with train arrival times.
At present, the Waterloo station has the third highest ridership of any Indiana station with competition from South Bend for that position-only Indianapolis and Lafayette have more riders. The station is served by Amtrak’s Capitol Limited from Chicago to Washington DC and the Lake Shore Limited from Chicago to New York City and Boston with four trains each day. Waterloo has seen a 35% increase in Amtrak passengers since 2009. In 2013, 25,764 passengers utilized the Amtrak station at Waterloo.
In 2005, the Town received a Transportation Enhancement Grant through the Indiana Department of Transportation to rehabilitate the historic depot. Like many frontier towns, Waterloo was a product of the railroad which gave local people access to larger markets, and settlements like Waterloo became locations for shipping and trade. The restored train station is again a source of pride for residents and is currently in use as a community gathering place. When the project is complete, part of the building will be open daily for train passengers and the other half of the building will continue to be available for community use.
The TIGER Discretionary Grant program provides a unique opportunity for the USDOT to make investments in our Nation’s infrastructure while making communities more livable and sustainable. The goal for Waterloo is to improve the waiting and parking area so passengers have a better experience and residents enjoy the benefits of a more attractive parking lot by the Francis Thomson Memorial Park.
Professional Team Information:
Since its establishment in March 2005, A&Z Engineering, LLC is a multi-disciplined civil engineering firm located in Fort Wayne, Indiana providing engineering services to our clients throughout northeast of our State including the Town of Waterloo. The professional staff at A&Z has been extensively involved in a wide variety of infrastructure improvement projects for the Town of Waterloo over the past several years, including renovation of the Historic Depot building. A&Z has been contracted to provide design and construction administration services for the engineering elements of the project. For additional information about A&Z Engineering, please visit www.az-engineering.net.
Sturtz Public Management Group, LLC (SturtzPMG) is a company located in Churubusco, Indiana that has been hired to provide environmental review and grant administration services for the project. SturtzPMG has provided community & economic development services on numerous projects for the town and has been involved with the Waterloo Depot since obtaining initial rehabilitation funding through the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2005. For more information, contact Kristi Sturtz, AICP, President, Sturtz Public Management Group, LLC, 204 N. Line Street, Churubusco, IN 46723; phone: (260) 693-3316; firstname.lastname@example.org
MartinRiley architects|engineers, founded in 1986, is an architectural firm based in the former Baker Street Train Station located in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has been chosen to provide architectural and preservation services for the relocation of the Waterloo Train Depot. MartinRiley provided historic architectural and preservation services for the restoration of the depot in 2006. For additional information contact Ron Ross at MARTINRILEY architects▪engineers, 221 West Baker Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana; phone: (260) 203-2323; email@example.com
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