U.S. Dept. of Transportation Gives $1.8 Million to Waterloo Stop

Nearly $2 Million Grant To Improve Waterloo Train Stop

By Michael Konopasek

October 23, 2010 Updated Oct 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Nearly $2 million in federal money are on track to be spent at Waterloo's Amtrack stop.

Our partners from the Journal Gazette are reporting that town officials plan to add a full-length platform to the current stop and reopen a historic depot.

The money means improved lighting to meet federal disability act standards. Also in the works are a new canopy, walkways, ramps and more parking.

Officials say the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to Waterloo partly because the station has the third highest ridership in the state after Indianapolis and Lafayette.

Indiana's NewsCenter spoke with Amtrack costumers on Saturday about the announcement. Most are happy to see the money come in.

"I would think [a new stop] would probably help the economy in this community," said Fort Wayne resident and Amtrack customer Leonard LaBundy.

Some customers think it is time to expand the waiting areas.

"It is ... sorely needed," said Ken Cady of Fort Wayne. "A bus stop is what you currently have," said Cady referring to the stop's Plexiglas shelter.

Last month, Waterloo rededicated its depot from the late 19th century after an extensive renovation project. Town officials hope to use that depot in the plans for the new improvements.

Last year, more than 19,000 people rode the rails from the Waterloo stop. That is an increase from fewer than 18,000 passengers the year before.

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