POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 8:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 10:21pm
LONGVIEW - More than two million dollars in federal grant money is approved for Longview's new train depot.
The historic depot has been in Longview since 1940.
Since then, the station's been serving Amtrak and Union Pacific.
It has the fourth highest ridership in Texas.
City officials say the new depot will become a multi-modal facility, meaning it will serve many transportation outlets, including Greyhound and Longview Transit.
Eventually it will be a station for high-speed rail service.
"When people can get on a train here, go straight to Dallas in an hour's time, let's say, it's gonna be important, imperative that we've positioned ourselves by having this type of facility that can service that type of ridership," Longview Mayor Jay Dean says.
Construction on the station is expected to begin soon and end in a few years.