POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:14pm
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — Griff Hubbard remembers 40 years ago when he had his first discussion about a multi-modal transportation center in Longview.
The revenue manager for Amtrack’s Texas Eagle said he was ecstatic when work began Monday on the renovation of the historic train depot, a year-long undertaking that will serve as the capstone of a project that brings Longview’s rail, air and bus transportation together.
“It is a gigantic deal,” Hubbard said. “It is the biggest thing that has happened to Longview in the past 40 years.”
Crews began the renovation of the depot at 905 Pacific Avenue on Monday, tearing into the walls and working to restore the 73-year-old building to its former glory.
“Amtrak will use it mostly; they get the lion’s share of the space. We are working on the passenger and ticket area now, hoping to have that done by the end of February,” said City architect Brent Brevard.
Brevard said the renovation would make many spaces, previously abandoned, usable again.
The west side of the building will have an outside waiting porch. Downstairs there will be lockers for travelers to store their luggage as they wait for the train and another room for meetings.
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