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Waterloo, IN., Oct. 22, 2010 – The Town of Waterloo has been notified, by the Office of U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, that it has been awarded a $1,820,100 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) for the Waterloo Train Station Improvements Project. This project will include the construction of a full length platform with canopy, lighting, innovative signage, ADA accessible ramps and walkways, and additional parking at the recently rehabilitated, historic Waterloo Depot Train Station.
The USDOT is awarding approximately $600 million in TIGER II discretionary grants through the Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Act. The grants provide capital assistance to states, local governments and transit agencies for financing, capital grants, and transportation planning activities. TIGER II grants have been awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region. Out of total funding, not less than $140 million was to be used in rural communities. According to the USDOT, over 19 billion in funding was requested and only 3% of requests were awarded.
The Waterloo Train Station Improvements Project will complete a six-year community effort of removing the existing “bus stop” shelter and returning the historic Waterloo Depot to passenger use. In 2005, the Town applied for and received a Transportation Enhancement Grant through the Indiana Department of Transportation to historically rehabilitate the depot. The rehabilitation has recently been completed and a re-dedication ceremony was held on September 18, 2010.
This phase of the project will be a cooperative effort with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and is necessary for the reuse of the historic Waterloo Depot. These improvements will connect the depot with the passenger platform and will provide an improved shelter at the Waterloo Depot Station that will increase the comfort, safety, and security of train passengers. The final design will have to be approved by Norfolk-Southern Corporation, owner of this rail line.
At present, the Waterloo station has the third highest ridership of any Indiana station after the much larger cities of Indianapolis and Lafayette. 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 one daily train each in both directions. In FY2009, Amtrak ridership at Waterloo was 19,074. Amtrak passengers travel to Waterloo from throughout Northeast Indiana and beyond to catch the trains.
Railroads have always been the identifier of the Waterloo community and the Town wishes to capitalize on this project as a way to improve its downtown and draw additional visitors and economic development into the community. Council President William Hubartt said “he looks forward to the Town working with Amtrak on a station that will be a great improvement for train riders, more user-friendly and modern.” Town Manager DeWayne Nodine said “having a new facility in Waterloo will allow Amtrak passengers to continue to drive to a location that is easily accessible to the entire region; the station is less than two miles from Interstate Highway 69, and is very easy to find.”
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