From May 1979 to October 2005, rail passengers waited for the train in a small freight railroad office several miles west of downtown. Officials from the NC Department of Transportation and city of Greensboro began working together in 1993 on plans to return passenger rail service to the old station and improve connections with other modes of transportation. The historic station opened its doors to passengers on October 1, 2005. Six daily passenger trains now serve the station.
Project Overview: The Depot was restored in two phases and converted to a multi-modal transit center.
Constuction of Phase I began in summer 2001 and was completed in summer 2003. During the first phase, crews restored the lower level train passenger service areas and converted the upper level baggage handling areas to waiting areas for Greensboro Transit Authority city buses and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transit (PART) regional buses. The nearby REA building now houses intercity bus service.
During Phase II crews upfitted the interior of the Depot for Amtrak service, reconstructed the pedestrian tunnel, passenger platforms and canopies, and constructed a new baggage tunnel. Work began in fall 2003 and was completed in October 2005.
Financing: Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, state and city funds paid for the $32 million project.