Posted at: 12/05/2012 7:07 PM
Updated at: 12/06/2012 7:57 AM
By: Tim Sherno
Union Depot in Saint Paul will reopen Saturday after undergoing an extensive renovation. The new facility will serve bus traffic, trains and Light Rail in 2014.
The project cost $243 million dollars and took two years. Jim McDonough is on the Ramsey County City Council, he says the new depot should have broad impact, "This is bigger than just Lowertown. It will add to the vitality of lower town, but this is for St. Paul. This is for the east metro region."
Constructed in the 1920's, the original Depot closed permanently in 1971 and was purchased by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service bought the building for the grounds to help accommodate large trucks. Much of the building sat unused for decades.
The new Union Depot will service as many as 300 passenger busses a day, Amtrak will also shift its train traffic to the new facility.